[CQ-Contest] Secrets of contesting

David A. Pruett k8cc at comcast.net
Sun Feb 1 14:39:44 EST 2004

If we all followed the sage advice of N6TJ, there would be a bunch of South 
Americans who would never work anybody.

I wish I had a nickel for every PY or LU I've some across, usually on the 
high bands, with nobody calling them, and their only ID is 
"QRZ?"  Sometimes it's "QRZ CONTEST?", but again no call.

As Martin points out, there are times when *not* identifying is beneficial 
to pileup control for the DX station.  THIS IS OK.

The number one rule for any contester who is trying to run stations is to 
play to your audience.  If nobody is calling you, you'd better give your 
callsign in any transmission intended to solicit contacts, otherwise there 
is nobody on frequency who knows who you are.  If too many are callsign, 
skip IDing, send faster, or whatever.  Do whatever is necessary to maximize 
rate, because working people fast is the best pileup control tool.


At 08:51 PM 2/1/04 +1100, you wrote:
>I'm confused , why all the angst about non ID..
>I ID after every qso over 95% of the time.
>If I don't ID I don't want anyone who doesn't already know who I am to
>If I you cannot wait for the next ID move on I apparently don't want to
>work you!
>I get many "call?" and "?" occurring IMMEDIATELY after I have ID'ed,
>please explain why this happens!
>When I S&P I apply these rules.no ID after three QSO's I move on..pile
>up too large, I move on...three or four calls and not even VK? I move on
>(unless they are a desperate mult at the end of a contest)..there are
>always more fish in the sea.
>Have you worked all the available mults in the world before worrying
>about the rare one that ID's every half hour? No! Move on!
>Martin VK7GN (still only with verticals!)
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