John T. Laney, III k4BAI at worldnet.att.net
Wed Jul 22 23:11:31 EDT 1998

rfpwr at linknet.net wrote:
> I agree with Dick, N6AA that there are times, under some conditions, where
> one might not send your callsign after every exchange. This would depend on
> the operator and the nature of the pileup. I know on the few occasions in my
> life when I have generated a big enough pileup to run sustained big rate, it
> is common for me to pick out several callsigns ahead and quickly work them
> before dumping my call in again. There are many others who do this. I don't
> think this leads to confusion, and slightly increases the rate. I'm not
> talking about taking a list :) Just picking out 3 or 4 calls at once, and
> working them in sequence. I am not talking about standing by without id'ing
> to pick calls out.
> There is no one technique which works the best under all conditions. Unless
> one is running substantially over 140-150 Q's per hour, I doubt that
> identifying after every Q makes much difference in the rate. It might not
> make any difference at all, as illustrated by the big results W4AN had at K6T.
> In my case, I have seldom had a big enough signal to do this, but it has
> happened to me a few times. Fun while it lasts.
> 73, Chas N8RR
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As the unnamed partner of W4AN at WRTC, I agree with Bill that we signed
our call always and that is the best thing to do most of the time.  Dick
probably is right also, that there may be very limited circumstances
where you want to just say TU and listen for that rare mult you think
has been calling for a while without signing your call to attract more
callers.  I would think that would mean that no more than two QSOs would
usually occur between signings and that this would rarely happen.
	With regard to taking more than one call at a time, I have found on CW
that it is almost impossible to go on to the other guy you heard if you
have a big pile up.  You will lose control.  When you give that guy the
exchange, everybody else and perhaps the station you are calling also
will be calling you on the frequency because they don't expect you to
call another station after the TU.  If you do this frequencly, you will
lose the rhythm and will lose control of the pileup.  If you are on SSB
and if you are VERY LOUD to the stations calling and if they are NOT
LOUD to each other, you can probably use this technique profitably, but
you must limit it to avoid unnecessary QRM from those who don't know
your call or it will defeat its purpose.  I think I have been very loud
to certain areas from the Caribbean (and from N4RJ, NQ4I, W4AN, K4AAA,
etc) but I don't know I have ever been loud enough on cw to make Dick's
technique work effectively with any frequency.  The guys on cw are set
to go with their calls and they won't wait for you to say something else
after TU.  And if you don't send some type of acknowledgement of the
last station you worked, you take a chance that he will remove you from
his log or will waste your time by calling again.  Probably the most
important thing is something that is not an original thought with me and
that is to be consistent and predictable, particlarly on cw. 
			73 to all,

   			John, K4BAI/8P9HT.

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