[CQ-Contest] State QSO parties and CW

W4ZW w4zw at comcast.net
Wed Apr 30 10:29:46 EDT 2008

> >
> > Does the extra points that CW QSOs score relative to
> > SSB QSOs make everyone stick with CW?

Having just finished the FQP as a mobile, I can tell you that it's a lot
easier to actually run on CW than on SSB, using low power and mobile
antennas.  In the first phase of my mobile itinerary, I was solo; driver,
op, etc. and I had to stop and operate with the motor off.  In my case, the
noise level was a factor, but trying to operate cw, log, and drive is
multi-tasking beyond my capabilities.  The second phase of my mobile was
with the XYL driving, and I think many, if not most, of the FQP mobile
rovers are two man teams, one driving and the other operating.

Here in Florida we are blessed with RF "hot spots", docks, Oceanside parks,
etc., where being mobile is not as much a disadvantage than in some other
places.  I know, I was astounded at the signal levels while we were stuck in
a traffic jam up on the skyway bridge.


Jon Hamlet, W4ZW

Casey Key Island, Florida
"A little piece of paradise in the Gulf of Mexico"

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