[CQ-Contest] CQ-Contest Digest, Vol 66, Issue 17

Art Searle W2NRA w2nra at optonline.net
Fri Jun 6 09:15:52 EDT 2008

 Steve K0SR wrote:
> OK....I call CQ and I have a weak station answering me, who then gets 
> clobbered by an impatient S&P guy who sends "?" on top of the caller? That 
> drives me nuts. Hold off on the "?" and wait 3 seconds for the next CQ 
> please.

"impatient S&P guy"?  And I suppose the S&P guy is supposed to PATIENTLY 
wait until the Run guy CQs again.  Not!  It is obvious that if a Run guy 
hears a ditty-dumb-dumb-ditty after a CQ, the S&P guy either just tuned 
across his CQ or didn't get his call the first go round.  If the S&P guy 
patiently waits, another station may call and where the Run guy will work 
'em and just send QRZ.  So now the S&P guy is waiting even longer with no 
contact.  Yes, the S&P guy could have sent "Call?" but it should be obvious 
that if you hear a ? after a CQ just throw your call out once.  That will 
surely speed things up for everyone.

I agree with Robert Chudek - K0RC who wrote, "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."

73 Art W2NRA
"Keep to the Code!"

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