[CQ-Contest] The best QSOs/hour on SSB/CW

Philip F. Krichbaum pfkski at vail.net
Tue Jun 26 15:14:59 EDT 2001

	Back in the 80's I remember hearing of a JA operator at one of the
Caribbean stations in CQWW SSB that was working JAs on 10 and 15 at
rates of around 450/hr and he was logging in Japaneese on paper of
course in those days. That is back when JAs were much more active in the
	For a peak rate on any mode you need a steady supply of callers, not a
huge pile, and an easy short exchange. The ARRL 10m contest should have
good potential. On FD the exchange is short but too many of the ops on
the SSB stations are inexperienced and it takes forever to work them. 
	It would be interesting to see the rates by ZD8Z and OH2BH. As others
have said the peak rate is nice to know but what really counts is the
average rate and avoiding those slow hours.
	73 Phil N0KE 

Andy Faber wrote:
> I have a vague recollection that Dave, W6NL, and company had a 400 hour from
> EA9 a few years ago in CQWW SSB.  Can someone confirm that?
>   73, andy, ae6y
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "KEN SILVERMAN" <k2kw at prodigy.net>
> To: <ha5pp at yahoo.com>; "[Contest Reflector]" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Sent: Monday, June 25, 2001 1429
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] The best QSOs/hour on SSB/CW
> >
> > >1. Is it possible to make over 300 QSOs/hour on SSB or on CW?
> >
> > Others have already mentioned that 300/hr has been achieved on SSB, but I
> > tend to think a sustained hour of 300 is probably not possible... not
> enough
> > activity.
> >
> > >2. Which contest the best for the best QSOs/hour?
> >
> > On CW, I think that the only contest where super high rates are possible
> is
> > during the CQ WW CW Contest.  No other contests have enough CW activity.
> > But I don't think that pure rate is the ultimate goal.  I tend to think
> that
> > a higher average rate is more important to successful contesting.
> >
> > >4. What is your best QSOs/hour and which contest on?
> >
> > My personal best on CW is a 237 clock hour, with a 248 Q-Rate hour.  This
> > was on 10m at 4M7X in the early afternoon when EU was dying out and the
> > was looking for somebody to work.  The only way I heard the EU signals was
> > to be double-beaming with 2 antennas (one USA, the other EU).  Otherwise
> the
> > EU stations were just too weak to work with the single antenna on the USA.
> > I would guess that the EU QSOs added about 20-25% of the QSOs in that
> > period.
> >
> > As others who have had high CW rates, the high rate times are NOT during
> big
> > pileups.  High rates are only achieved when there are 1, 2, or 3 callers
> at
> > a time, and you can nail the call correctly the first time.  In fact,
> during
> > the 237 hour, I had to call CQ a number of times!
> >
> > This weekend in Field Day, I had an interesting moment... I was on 15m CW
> > and the band was really weak for the SSN numbers.  Most of the signals
> were
> > at the noise level.  Someone came in the trailer and asked how 15 was
> doing,
> > and I said it was really slow.  Then I looked at the rate meter, and my
> last
> > 100 rate was around 205!  As I scrolled through the log, sure enough, I
> was
> > working about 3 QSOs a minute, but I also had to call CQ for every QSO.
> It
> > just appeared to be boring since there was no pileup.
> >
> > 5. Who gives more QSOs/hour? USA? Eu? JA?
> >
> > The operator has the biggest impact on rate!!!  Also having a radio
> capable
> > of discerning individual callers in a pileup is also critical, all radios
> > are not created equally.  Though I would say if you are looking at any one
> > target zone for high rates, it would be USA in my opinion.  But don't let
> > that fool you... NT1N has averaged a little over 200/hr for 5-7 hours
> > straight each time he operated 40m CW at 4M7X, 6Y2A, 6Y4A.  I analyzed the
> > ratio of USA/EU, and he was working around 60% EU during those hours.
> >
> > I guess in summary, working high rate is fun, but I do not believe it is
> > solely the result of the characteristics of your target audience.
> > Basically a lot of aspects need to fall into place to achieve super high
> > rates:  operator skill of the runner is the single largest factor.  Then
> > comes band conditions, sustained time period with only small groups of
> > callers, ability to work more than one target area at a time, your
> > geographic location for the conditions of that particular contest, and
> some
> > contest mojo (voodoo).
> >
> > Kenny K2KW
> >
> >
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