[CQ-Contest] NA RTTY Sprint

Hank Greeb hgreeb at one.net
Thu Mar 10 16:27:13 PST 2011

Yup, I misread your initial post.  I'm going to try the fall CW event.  
February CW was the first one I tried.

But, How does one find "a clear frequency" in the 15 KHz between 7025 
and 7040 KHz, when 20 closes early for anyone except the west coast? :)

73 de n8xx Hg

On 3/10/2011 12:29 AM, Ed Muns wrote:
> Hank, N8XX, asked:
>> Does this mean you waive the rule "CQ and move" for newbies? Seems like this could confuse the op who assumes he/she has the frequency after answering a CQ.
> I meant just the opposite.  "CQ and move" for every QSO.
> My point is that some people find it intimidating and frustrating to call CQing stations when there is a pile-up, or "jump ball" as it is sometimes referred to.  Reading the Sprint rules, one gets the impression that they must first answer and work a CQing station, then work a second station (that calls them) before QSYing to another frequency.  In fact, it is completely within the rules if you work EVERY QSO by first CQing.  The only stipulation is that you QSY afterward ... 1 kHz to answer someone else's CQ or 5 kHz to call your own CQ.  To illustrate, the CW Sprint was won one year by a station who CQ'd for every QSO, never answering anyone else's CQ.
> Working the "couplet" of two QSOs on every frequency with the recommended exchange element order being different for each QSO is a lot to deal with in the Sprint until you've got some experience with it.  It is much simpler to find a clear frequency, CQ, work a station, then QSY at least 5 kHz and CQ again.  Your exchange order is the same each time so you don't have to remember which exchange to use depending on who is the CQing station.  I think it is an easier way for newcomers to ease into Sprint.
> We need a lot more participation in the RTTY Sprint and one way is to welcome RTTYers who may not be comfortable with the Sprint format yet.
> Ed - W0YK

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