[CQ-Contest] QRPers --- Please QRQ

Mon Nov 7 18:25:49 EST 2005

I am even more impressed at the quality of some of the QRP signals. Several were over S-9 and one in Colorado was even 20 over 9. Those QRP guys have been doing a lot of antenna work and have really maximized their signals.

oooops: someone tell me how to get my tongue unstuck from my cheek......

MAL         N7MAL
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Pete Smith 
  To: k-zero-hb at earthlink.net ; CQ-Contest ; MWA Reflector 
  Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 20:38
  Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] QRPers --- Please QRQ

  I have been pleasantly surprised, over the last 10 years or so, to see such rapid improvement in the average quality of QRP ops.  A decade ago, a lot of them seemed to be using their left feet, or a bent piece of coat hanger for a key - now many/most are smooth, adequately fast and non-repetitive.  A class ops are, as a group, more of a problem now...

  73, Pete N4ZR

  At 02:40 PM 11/7/2005, K0HB wrote:
  >While Danny may shoot me for saying it, it's great to see so many QRPers in contesting.  
  >But it seems that many of them feel they need to send slooooooow and use "words twice" procedure to get their message across.  Bad idea, guys.  
  >Send your exchange AS RAPIDLY AS YOU CAN, and avoid the temptation to send it twice "just to make sure I got it".
  >Honestly, in a contest with lots of band noise/competing signals/fatigue/etc, you have a short window to get your message to me.  More often than not (especially with the long SS exchange) QSB or QRM is going to take you out, and I'm going to need fills.  And even more-more often than not, I won't be able to hear the fills, so I give up on you.  
  >"Telling it like it is", the result is that your UBN shows "NIL" for that Q, because after the second try you're going to get a quick "R TU" from me and I'll do an <alt-W> and move on.
  >73, de Hans, K0HB
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