[CQ-Contest] Use of di-di-dah-dah-di-dit in CW Contest
Robert Chudek - K0RC
k0rc at pclink.com
Thu Jun 5 11:18:56 EDT 2008
That's another good contesting nuance you brought up Mike.
If I am running and I get a "?" after my CQ, I immediately press the F4 key
(my call). That is, if no one else is calling me. Why would you make the S&P
station wait around for your CQ timer to trip off another round in 10
seconds or so. You've got a "customer" waiting right now.
If I don't get an immediate reply from the "?" station after my F4, the
other fellow has determined I am already in his log and has moved on.
There's nothing I need to do but press the F1 again to start another CQ
On the other hand, if I'm in S&P mode and tune to a station as he is
finishing "test", if I don't hear anyone calling him, I'll drop a "?" on
freq. If he comes back with a "?", I figure he is not interested in rate so
I just tune on down the band. His loss.
If there's a "?" sent and an immediate F4 returned, that's time saved on
both ends. And time saved equals a higher rate.
I don't understand what there is to get frustrated about. What has I missed?
73 de Bob - KØRC in MN
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike DeChristopher, K1KAA" <k1kaa at arrl.net>
To: "CQ-Contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 9:09 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Use of di-di-dah-dah-di-dit in CW Contest
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.
Mike DeChristopher, K1KAA
k1kaa at arrl.net
AR-Cluster node telnet://dx.413ma.org
Tim Goeppinger wrote:
> 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)
> Tim K6GEP
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