[CQ-Contest] Whats happened to DE ???

Mike Gilmer - N2MG n2mg at contesting.com
Sun Feb 25 20:38:50 EST 2001

My "technique", FWIW, is used only for answering run-of-the-mill stations 
where there might be one or two others.  It has nothing to do with working 
large pileups.  Those are completely different animals.

73 Mike N2MG

On Sun, 25 February 2001, "Gary Letchford" wrote:

 > Hi Mike
 > I absolutely disagree with your analysis of how to work dx with lesser
 > equipment.   Timing is everything,  but to try to put your call at the front
 > end and think that you as a peanut whistle are going to work the station,
 > you're going to be wrong 98% of the time (sometimes you just get lucky -
 > more likely the pileup hasn't shown up yet).   The biggest burst of sound is
 > at the very beginning when the station in commencing to listen.   Your best
 > chance is to work on some timing that will place your call during a slight
 > lull.  This lull will not be at the very beginning, but somewhere after the
 > major burst of calls are sent in which the station was not able to discern
 > anything and is frantically listening for someone to sign and not get
 > clobbered by six other signals. Find that lull and you will work plenty of
 > rare dx.
 > 73
 > Red
 > K0LUZ
 >  >
 >  >  > At 03:22 PM 2/25/01 -0500, Tom Rauch wrote:
 >  >  >  >
 >  >  >  >Often I just listen in contests. Hearing both ends, it is very plain
 >  >  >  >QSK is not always the issue. Quite often the other person doesn't
 >  >  >  >even wait for the first person to finish!!
 >  >  >
 >  >
 >  > In my current (lack of) antenna situation I find that I
 >  > absolutely must be
 >  > the first signal heard to catch the ear of the station calling CQ
 >  > (assuming
 >  > multiple callers).  I cannot be slow on the response and simply overpower
 >  > anyone else.  So I find myself poised to send my call and sometimes the
 >  > other station ends his exchange in an unexpected way (a "K" or an extra
 >  > "TEST" or similar) and I get tricked.  Usually, I can hear it just as it
 >  > comes out and I stop, wait and restart.  Sometimes, I'm sure, I "miss".
 >  >
 >  > 73 Mike N2MG

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