[CQ-Contest] How do you get better?

John Laney k4bai at worldnet.att.net
Fri Oct 31 16:04:31 EDT 2008

Tom Osborne wrote:
>> "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" the guy asked his cab driver.  The 
>> reply,
>> "Practice. Practice. Practice."
>> I think we all can acknowledge that practice is an important part of
>> learning and improving any skill.  Sports players practice, sometimes for
>> years.  Kids learning musical instruments practice.  Very few people are a
>> "natural" who can just pick something up and be instantly good at it.
>> Why does no one ever talk about practice with regard to radio contests?
> Hi Randy
> Be sure to get on tonight at 0230 for the NCCC SS practice.  We  had a bunch 
> on last night and some commented that they found some problems in their 
> setups that will be fixed today.  Now is the time to find out what isn't 
> working, not after the SS starts :-)  73
> Tom W7WHY 
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Yes.  In Thursday night's practice, at least three stations had very bad 
CW notes.  One cleaned his up immediately after I told him about it. 
The other two, unfortunately, were S&P and I never got a chance to QSO 
them and tell them about their notes.  I hope one of their contacts did 
so.  Also, not only are the practices a good time to check everything 
out beforehand, but they are a fun half hour.  73, John, K4BAI.

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