n4zr at contesting.com
Sun Aug 15 03:02:57 PDT 2010
Further to the discussion about when and to whom QTCs should be offered....
Yesterday afternoon, I was having some very fast and enjoyable runs in
WAE. I mean last-10 rates of more than 200 QSO's per hour, almost too
many stations calling to manage. Then, out of the blue, a big gun
arrives on frequency. "QTC?", he shouts.
This, to me, is one of the biggest reasons for non-Europeans to be
unhappy about WAE. If I'm running fast, the last thing I want to do is
break off to send "QRU", much less stop entirely and do a QTC exchange
while my pileup goes elsewhere. Running fast is what I enjoy most, and
if I'm not trying to win the contest, then I'm in it for fun. "QTC?" is
a fun-buster, whether tossed into the pileup out of the blue or
delivered at the end of a run QSO.
So, let me suggest a simple guideline - be extremely selective in asking
a *running* non-European if he wants to do a QTC. Unless he's really
struggling (pretty unlikely on Saturday anyway), it will not be welcome,
and almost certainly with get a grumpy "NO." Wait till Sunday, or wait
for him to call you when you're running.
73, Pete N4ZR
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