[CQ-Contest] RE: Meaningful Contest Exchange

Alfred J. Frugoli (KE1FO) frugoli at worldlinkisp.com
Mon May 10 13:45:14 EDT 2004

I must admit, when I hear contest exchanges going on on the bands, I'm curious.  So my first step is to either listen (regardless of the mode) to see what's going on, or I go to the web and look at one of the contest calendars and find the rules.  

I must also admit I find this resistance quite amusing.  How do you explain the SS exchange to someone at 30wpm on CW, or what a qtc is, or that you've gotta qsy after a qrz in a sprint?  N1RR just wrote today that we should leave the big well established contests as is, and maybe that's a great idea.  But I don't see what's wrong with trying something new out in either less established contests or in new contests.


73 de Al, KE1FO

----- Original Message -----
From: John Laney
Sent: 5/10/2004 10:44:53 AM
To: aa0cy at QUADNET.NET
Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] RE: Meaningful Contest Exchange

> KE1FO says explaining an unusual contest exchange is easy, but he must 
> be talking about on SSB.  It is very difficult on CW.  Even some 
> otherwise good CW operators can't seem to copy anything but callsigns 
> and the expected exchange on CW. The casual operator can't be expected 
> to understand the explanation on CW and it would take forever to get the 
> info across.
> Also, before we go changing the exchange so that the sent information 
> varies with each QSO (other than signal report information), I'd want 
> some assurance from contest logging programmers that our existing 
> logging programs can easily accomplish that. I don't know how they 
> could, but guess TR must be able to do so in view of the Internet 
> contest rotating exchanges.  I don't think that is possible with NA and CT.
> 73,
> John, K4BAI.
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