[CQ-Contest] To Sign or not to Sign

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Sun Dec 3 10:17:39 EST 2000

At 01:47 AM 12/3/00 -0000, Bob Naumann - N5NJ wrote:
>This is one of the best discussions we've had on here for a long time.
>How do you manage the multiple callers ?
>Do you announce the callsigns you've copied up front ?

This sounds a lot easier to do on phone than CW...
>Do you just take the chance that they all will stick around and call
>them after you finish each successive QSO ?

To me this varies a lot by contest and mode.  I wouldn't wait around during
SS, even on phone, because I'd figure I'd probably see the guy later.  On
CQWW, I'd definitely wait if I thought we'd make the QSO within the minute.
 But to me the key is to give the unsuccessful caller that impression he'll
be taken care of quickly, meaning the tightest possible procedures when
more than one call. That's why I vary things like signing after every QSO
inversely with the number of people in the pile.

73, Pete N4ZR

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