[CQ-Contest] [RTTY] Suggestions for RTTY RU

Jerry Flanders jeflanders at comcast.net
Sun Jan 2 11:57:30 PST 2011

Hi Dick

Thanks for the reminder and tips. Let me add one additional tip: Many 
of us think the "DE" is not necessary, and can even be confusing when 
copy is difficult because DE = DELAWARE.  I haven't sent a DE in 
years in a RTTY contest, and have had no problems because of it.

The worst case occurs with an exchange such as 599 ME DE W1xyz.

Jerry W4UK

At 02:27 PM 1/2/2011, DickT-W0RAA wrote:
>Hi everybody,
>Well, it's that time of the year and I hope everybody is getting ready for
>the ARRL RTTY Roundup Contest on January 8 & 9.
>I'd like to make a couple suggestions or so:
>1.  Please DO NOT use CUT NUMBERS in the Contest!
>2.  Send 599, NOT 5NN or TOO!
>You're not saving any time with cut numbers and in RTTY they are totally not
>3.  It's not necessary to send "Hi 'name', nice to hear u. Ur 599 in
>'state/prov'.  Everybody knows their own name.  I know it's just a friendly
>gesture, but not necessary, and besides, you're wasting the time of the
>station you are communicating with at the time.  A simple TU 599
>'state/prov' is all that's needed.  (All you'll get from me when I send my
>report is "URCALL TU 599 CO CO de W0RAA".  Add ur own call or the other
>stations call at the end if you like.  I prefer to use my own call.  But
>again, probably not necessary.
>These are just suggestions to hopefully speed things along in the contest.
>Being cordial is OK, but let's just do it after the contest.
>Oops, I almost forgot...
>4.  Be sure to send your cabrillo files to logs at supercheckpartial.com when
>you submit your score for the contest.  It gets your call in the data base
>for future contests.
>Other than that, I hope to hear many of you again this year.  My beam came
>down in a fierce wind storm we had here in Colorado Springs on Dec. 3, 2010,
>so I'll be in the RTTY RU, just not as loud as I'd like to be.  I'll be
>using my Butternut HF-9V instead of the HyGain tri-bander.  I'm going to be
>putting up another tower and the hole is dug for it, but the nights have
>been cold here.  Waiting for a little warm-up to have the concrete poured.
>The beam will be a Cushcraft A3S and it will be on a Hazer2 Tram system for
>raising and lowering the beam & rotor.  My rotor, a Ham V was not damaged in
>the tower fall.  Thank Heavens for ARRL insurance.  I got a settlement from
>them within 2 weeks and only had a $50 deductible.  My homeowners insurance
>would have covered it, but the deductible would have been $1000.  Ouch.  I
>hope to have it up in time for the CQ WW WPX RTTY in February, with any
>cooperation at all from our weather gods.
>See you all next weekend, I hope.  And good luck in the RTTY RU.
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