[CQ-Contest] Contest CQ format?

Bill Tippett btippett at alum.mit.edu
Tue Jun 19 06:52:42 EDT 2007

 >Saving a few characters is more beneficial than you might think. For
example, in a 48 hour contest there are 172800 seconds. If you call CQ
every ten seconds, that is 17280 CQs. Save one half second on each CQ
and you have saved 144 minutes, or 2 hours and 24 minutes.

 >Even if you subtract the time it takes for a thousand QSOs, you still
have a substantial amount of "free" time.

         17280 CQs for 1000 QSOs?  20/hour = real excitement!
If I were only getting 1 response for every 17 CQs, I hope
I would figure out something to do besides blindly CQ-ing...
such as doing all S&P where I can normally do 60-70 per hour.
This is a good example of the fallacious thinking I referred
to previously.  Hmmm...if I just crank up my keyer to 60 WPM
I can send 34560 CQs and make even fewer QSOs.  ;-)

                                 73,  Bill  W4ZV

More information about the CQ-Contest mailing list