[CQ-Contest] SNS Practice and Time Change
mjwetzel at comcast.net
Wed Mar 17 07:41:45 PDT 2010
Remember about the local time change. SNS will be 1 hour later local time
in every state except AZ and HI.
Since SNS is a practice (scores not reported yet) and we are trying hard to
encourage newcomers, please wait just a split second on jump balls. One
thing I have noticed is that if a newcomer inherits a freq and more then one
station drop their call, he is likely to be overwhelmed (we all know what I
mean) and not respond at all. If I hear another response to a station
inheriting the frequency I do not call (only SNS). Go ahead and call if no
station is heard.
Please keep your speed to between 18 to 26 WPM. Suggest using 18WPM for
the first 10 minutes then increase as you see fit.
Announcing the NCCC's (Northern California Contest Club) weekly Thursday
night running of the SNS.
The Slow Speed NS practice is from 0200z to 0220z+ (Friday UTC, Thursday
local time). That's starting at 10:00pm EDT, 9:00pm CDT, 8:00pm MDT and
7:00pm PDT, local time Thursday .
20 m 14037-14043
40 m 7040-7047
80 m 3537-3543
In general spend 5 minutes on each band starting with 20.
DUPES: No same band dupes. You may work the same station on a different
POWER: 100 watt limit.
If you don't hear a CQ send a CQ and don't worry about the couplet since
this is only practice and hopefully an introduction to sprints for newbies.
I think stations might answer a CQ more likely than call CQ themselves.
With that said remember that newbies are listening to get up the nerve to
jump in so don't hesitate to make Q's. Also since this is only a practice
you can go past the 15 minute time suggestion.
NS 0230z to 0300z this week. See N6RO's announcement.
Sites to help everyone for sprint contests.
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