[CQ-Contest] How frequent to ID? Every QSO? No way!

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Tue Jan 18 08:10:04 EST 2005

At 09:19 PM 1/17/2005, n7jb at arrl.net wrote:
>During a contest, I am tuning around listening for contesters that are
>actually trying to win the contest.  I am just searching and pouncing, not
>trying to win, just trying to work some DX and get used to WriteLog
>(especially on RTTY!).  If I don't hear your call, I will just spin the
>dial.  HOPEFULLY, I will spin back and catch you later.  I will certainly
>TRY!  The more frequently you identify, the better chance you'll have of
>working me and perhaps other S&P-ers.

In this connection, N1MM Logger has an interesting capability.  If you call 
someone while S&P but aren't successful, and decide to move on, you can 
tell the program to put the call on the bandmap as soon as you QSY.  Then 
you can just hit Ctrl+Up Arrow/Down Arrow to jump back to the frequency and 
try later. If you find a station in a pileup who is not identifying, you 
can add him to the bandmap with a unique identifier ("pile1", for example) 
to come back to later by the same technique.

I find this capability has materially improved my S&P efficiency.

73, Pete N4ZR

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