[CQ-Contest] NA RTTY Sprint

Ed Muns ed at munsvineyard.com
Tue Mar 8 05:45:35 PST 2011

Make plans to operate the NA RTTY Sprint this coming Saturday (00-04z
Sunday, 13 March).  If the sprint format is troublesome or you think you
lose too many "jump balls", just fine a clear frequency and CQ.  The other
stations will find you (and, will want your QSO!) without you having to
first win a short pileup.  Work a station there, then QSY at least 5 kHz and
CQ again.  Once you feel comfortable with this, you can try answering a CQ
and then staying on the frequency to work one more station.  Also, as each
band gets worked out by stations, everyone will be looking for new ones to
work and the pileups will diminish.  Low Power and QRP stations will do fine
in amongst the High Power stations with these approaches, especially as
bands get worked out.  
Get together with others an form a team.  It is fun and increases the
participation which this short contest needs.  The Sprints are great events
to build operating skill.  The QSY format takes some time to get used to, so
if you are new to it, just take it slow and progress as described above.
Some operators set their two VFOs 10 kHz apart so they can be sure of
adhering to the 5 kHz QSY rule by simply swapping VFOs after their "CQ QSO".
If nothing else, swapping VFOs leaves your last frequency visible so you can
be sure you are 5 kHz away as you tune for a new CQ frequency (or 1 kHz away
if you call another CQing station).
There will be a practice session on Friday evening, NA time (0230-0300z
Saturday, 12 March) for checking out setups and practicing the contest
format.  I look forward to seeing lots of new stations participating

Ed - W0YK
NCJ NA RTTY Sprint Manager

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