[CQ-Contest] Getting off to a fast start

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Wed Nov 19 12:23:30 EST 1997

Time and again, we hear that in some contests (SS and, of course, the
Sprints) getting a fast start is critical.

I find this very difficult, and it costs me. I've been there well before
the start, staked out a frequency, worked people to warm up, etc.  Nothing
seems to work very well.  By the end of the first hour, I tend to be 20
percent down in Qs compared to the first tier.  My station isn't first
tier, either, but I don't think it's THAT bad.

How about sharing your personal technique for getting a fast start, and
I'll summarize if there's interest?


Pete N4ZR

In Wild Wonderful, fairly rare WEST Virginia

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