[CQ-Contest] Use of di-di-dah-dah-di-dit in CW Contest
bob at reconstructinghistory.com
Thu Jun 5 10:54:19 EDT 2008
Mike DeChristopher, K1KAA wrote:
>Some people get very frustrated when S&P'ers send a "?" after their CQ.
>You'll get the callsign in a second or two; I don't think it will kill
>the rate. In fact, sending "?" and waiting for him to send his call may
>take just as long. Same with phone weekends: saying "YOUR CALL?"
>usually makes the running op angry. There's a situation for everything,
>Or maybe "the other guy" only caught part of SQ5M's ..--.. and figured
>he heard a call. Either way, the problem would have been avoided if he
>just listened to the next CQ. RX first.
That could be. If I send "?" because I tuned in to the CQ late, shame on
me; I'll wait!
My beef is when the op is in the middle of a run and doesn't send his
call. For my part, being an almost exclusively S&P op, it's really
irritating when a running op signs with "QRZ?" instead of their
callsign. I listened to more than a few ops in my short experience in
radiosport who run, run, run at a very impressive clip, but I sit there
for five or six minutes waiting for them to actually transmit their
callsign instead of "QRZ?" of "T U". That's a complete waste of my
time, especially since ending a contact with "T U NQ3X" or "Thanks,
November Quebec Three X-ray" is just as simple. I can't be alone; how
many Qs are those running ops missing because they don't sign
regularly? I listen before transmitting. If conditions are poor, I'll
listen to several exchanges to ensure logging accuracy. But to listen
to a dozen or more exchanges before getting my first crack at his
callsign? That gets a "?" from my key. If that upsets him, it
*should*. That's the point - to upset his rut and make him identify his
station. I'm not saying every running op does this; it is definitely
not the norm. But it happens, and there's no reason for it.
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