[CQ-Contest] Cut numbers

Bill Coleman aa4lr at arrl.net
Fri Jun 6 13:53:43 EDT 2008

On Nov 6, 2007, at 9:47 AM, Hank Greeb wrote:

> One other thing which irks me is folks who insist in sending "T" as  
> the
> first character when they were sending a 1 or 2 digit exchange number.
> IF they want to send a zero, which is definitely NOT needed, they're  
> not
> interested in maximizing rate, so why not send a zero?

Hank wrote this a while back, but I'll put in an observation from the  
recent WPX CW, as well as some other contests.

If I sent a single-digit number, or a two-digit number, specially  
later in the contest, I nearly always got a repeat request. People  
appear to be expecting a three-digit number. Sending TT or T before  
the number appears to reduce the number of repeats.

Once I got to 100 Qs, the repeat problem went away.

Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr at arrl.net
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