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

Robert Chudek - K0RC k0rc at pclink.com
Fri Jun 6 13:44:02 EDT 2008

But Mike, pressing the F4 or F1 button will eliminate the problem you 
stated. Answering with a "?" only compounds the issue and can trigger the 
"machismo reflex". If it's your frequency, F4 or F1 lets the other fellow 
know it immediately.

BTW, I don't use "?" to check a frequency... that IS bad operating practice. 
"QRL?" a couple of times is the proper procedure.

73 de Bob - KØRC in MN

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Beckwith" <n5ot at n5ot.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 10:30 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Use of di-di-dah-dah-di-dit in CW Contest

> W2RNA said:
>> 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.
> Bzzzzzt.
> Art, you are in error.  This is not obvious.  I can see how you might 
> think
> that, but I can tell you from experience that more than half of the
> ditty-dumb-dumb-dittys that come across my CQ frequencies are people who 
> are
> really hoping there will be no response so they can fire up and make it
> their home.  More than half.  Trust me, this is a serious problem and is 
> the
> cause of most frequency fights.  They think they qulaify for some kind of
> moral high ground because they think they are justified in saying "well, I
> checked to see if the frequency was in use and you didn't respond, so I
> though it was clear."
> I'm sorry, you didn't check to see if the frequency was in use, you just
> sent a question mark.  Not the same thing.
> You people who do that should knock it off.  Do the right thing and listen
> more than one second.  Sheesh.
> Mark, N5OT
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