[CQ-Contest] Natural born contesters
k4bai at worldnet.att.net
Tue Apr 3 17:13:04 EDT 2007
Doesn't seem to fit with my experience. I have done CQ WW CW single op
many times since 1985 with no sleep during the contest. Since the
contest generally starts at 8 PM Caribbean time and I find it difficult
to sleep in the daytime, particulary before a contest, I generally go 60
plus hours without sleep. Last did that in February of this year as
PJ4A in ARRL DX CW at age 64.
Outside of contests, I go to sleep between 11 and 11:40 PM and get up at
7 AM seven days a week. I may sleep an hour or so later on Saturday or
Sunday. I am certainly not an "owl."
I don't think that my operating ability suffers much in the latter part
of contests. My accuracy rate seems almost constant. I do have some
more difficulty sending high speed CW with a paddle when I have been
sleep deprived, but I think that is motor rather than brain function.
Maybe I would be much better at a 48-hour contest if I were an "owl,"
but I doubt it.
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