[CQ-Contest] Contest CQ format?

Dale Putnam daleputnam at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 19 22:55:22 EDT 2007

See below for comments please.--...   ...-- Dale - WC7S in Wy

> Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 10:18:44 -0400> To: cq-contest at contesting.com> From: btippett at alum.mit.edu> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contest CQ format?> > > > Rather than worry about saving a few> characters in a CQ or exchange, we might gain> more QSOs by paying attention to:> > 1. *Appropriate* sending speeds, realizing not> all potential repliers are hot-shot CW ops. I'm> often surprised to hear many otherwise well-> qualified ops who never comprehend this.> "Appropriate" depends on the situation and> comes through experience and experimentation.> 
There are many times when a "hot-shot" op doesn't get to log this station, because he/she didn't respond to a call in an appropriate manner. 
> 2. Using enough RX bandwidth to hear the> off-frequency callers (often +/- 500 Hz or more).> 
And using enough bandwidth in the rx can make the difference huge. The judgement call as to wether the calling station didn't zero-beat, couldn't is doesn't know how is simply immaterial. Log the Q, and move on. > 3. Pausing for callers more than a few milliseconds> before beginning the next CQ.
See response of #1. If the calling station doesn't give a 4 character call time to be heard at 35 -40 wpm, I am pretty much determined not to call twice. And ...AND if he calls me at the same rate later, and I respond matching his speed, and he has to ask for a fill.... when the signals are way above the noise... likely the Q will be wiped. > > Contests are won by operators who> efficiently work the most callers in a given time> period. IMHO those are not necessarily the> same operators sending cut numbers at> warp speeds. "Efficiently" above includes> accuracy as well as speed. "Do it right the> first time" is a good phrase from the quality> world that is worth remembering. 
If you can't do it right the first time.. maybe a few hours of practice are in order?
Thanks for all the good ... very well founded thoughts Bill.
C U in the next test too.
WC7S - Dale - Wy> > 73, Bill W4ZV > > _______________________________________________> CQ-Contest mailing list> CQ-Contest at contesting.com> http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/cq-contest
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