[CQ-Contest] Use of di-di-dah-dah-di-dit in CW Contest

Yuri VE3DZ ve3dz at rigexpert.net
Thu Jun 5 10:54:44 EDT 2008

this is like endless controversy of a car driver and a pedestrian.
Pedestrian complains on Car Driver that he does not give him a way, drives
too fast or drives carelessly...
But as soon as Pedestrian becomes a Driver he starts to behave exactly the
same way...

Same with CQ and S&P guys. The CQ guy has a pile-up, once in a while he
sends only "TU" after QSO, being so sure that remaining guys in the pile-up
know his call by now and trying to work as many people as possible. And here
comes fresh S&P guys, and he hears "TU" but no call. He gets irritated and
sends "?"
And that makes the CQ guy angry... :-))

73 Yuri  VE3DZ

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Goeppinger" <>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 2:11 AM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Use of di-di-dah-dah-di-dit in CW Contest

I was watching a video of SQ5M operating an Elecraft K3 during CQ WPX CW
He is doing a fine job of S&P up and down 80M.   At 1:12 in the video he
tunes across
the tail end of a CQ (just TEST at the end)  Trying to be efficient, SQ5M
fires a
? (di-di-dah-dah-di-dit) at the guy who is running.  The other guy sends a
right back at him!    Why?

I have seen this alot lately.  Is this rude, or just plain stupid?  Why
can't the runner just just send his call?
Wouldn't it be more efficient to send your callsign once, than have the
S&Per send his?

If I encounter this situation again when I am S&P, I really am tempted to
keep firing ?'s back , until they send their %*# callsign.

(steps down from soapbox)



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