[CQ-Contest] Split operation in CQ WW CW

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Tue Aug 28 15:52:09 EDT 2012

Reasonable points as well.  I am not a slouch at CW but I am far from 
one of the best.  The pileups I saw from J6 were bigger than anything I 
recall from V47.  I suspect J6 on CW was much more rare and we did not 
have skimmer, code readers or computers for that matter.  I tried 
cutting my power back from 500 watts to 100 then 10 but the pile up was 
still unmanageable for me.  At 10 watts I was getting covered too much 
to be productive.  The choice was to stay there and work a rate of 50 an 
hour or move.  If I was doing CQ WW CW regularly from a DX location I 
could certainly do better.  It was a good learning experience for all of 
us.  If he had more elements we could have attempted to null out say NA 
and concentrate on EU or Asia or vise versa.

I only recall having issues on 10m when the band was open what seemed 
everywhere.  Most of the other bands we were able to sit still and run 
run run.

Mike W0MU

W0MU-1 CC Cluster w0mu.net:23 or w0mu-1.dnsdynamic.com

On 8/28/2012 1:05 PM, Steve London wrote:
> On 08/28/2012 08:09 AM, Ward Silver wrote:
>>> Option 1: DX quits and goes to beach.
>>> Option 2: DX tries calling someone on the same frequency.
>>> Option 3: DX starts S&P and never tries to resume running
>>> Option 4: DX asks up 3
>>> Option 5: DX asks up 5
>>> Option 6: DX asks up and listens 3-7 up
>> Jukka, there is another option that will surely become more popular: DX QSYs
>> and starts another smaller pileup.
>> Given that we now have the tools to know so much about who is operating
>> where, running strategies must evolve to limit the pileup size to maximize
>> rate.
> "We" have the tools ? Who is this "we" ?
> You mean, those who operate in the multi-op or single-op assisted categories
> that have DX spotting and Skimmer access, right ?
> For the rest of us traditionalists doing S&P, a frequency-hopping running
> station is nothing but a frustrating headache for several reasons:
> 1) If I work the station quickly, before they QSY, I have now marked them in the
> bandmap as worked. I go back on the hunt, and a few minutes later, find another
> pileup. But, alas, it's the same station I just worked. Time wasted, especially
> if they are using the so-called pileup-reducing technique of rarely signing
> their call.
> 2) If I can't easily break the pileup, I mark them in the bandmap as unworked,
> and come back later. But, drat, they are gone. I can only hope I stumble across
> them again.
> Please, let's not promote frequency hopping as a recommended operating technique !
> 73,
> Steve, N2IC
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