It is not so difficult.
Even though we may be operating for 48 hours, there is still plenty of time
to stand up and make a short walk down the hall. There are many such places
in the log where there are no QSOs for 3-10 minutes! :)
The logging programs typically count breaks as any time with no QSOs for
more than 30 minutes. My "best" full time effort ever was from VE3EJ in an
ARRL DX SSB Contest where the software showed 47.5 hours at the end. I
could barely say the word Ontario on Sunday afternoon!
It does help to watch your diet and drinks if you want to maximize the chair
time during the contest.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Franki ON5ZO
> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 7:58 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] 48 hour straight contest operation and
> human output
> Gentlemen, forgive me bringing up the topic...
> Quite a lot has been written here about how to stay awake for
> 48 hours. Some can do it, others can't.
> What I really would like to know is: how do you stay in the
> chair for 48 hours and ignore the call of nature? I don't
> think the human body can retain its output for 48 hours?
> I see some SOAB reports on 3830 where the operator says he
> was on for 48 hours.
> Does this mean he ran away for some relief a few times but
> did not take these short breaks into account?
> Do they have a 'special operating chair', if you know what I mean?
> This to me seems harder than stay awake. 48h straight ops:
> how do you resist the call of nature?
> 73 de Franki ON5ZO
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