[CQ-Contest] When is speed not speedy?

Rex Maner k7qq at netzero.net
Sat Jun 1 02:03:16 EDT 2013

Slow is what I get most of the time and I never turn down a weak signal .
Some time I have to do some serious digging and QRS on my part.  When a guy
is just too low to copy I sometimes tell them please QRO.  Then I give a
signal report of 229 to indicate I just can't pull them out.

Keep trying later and maybe the QRM or QSB will allow the contact.  I like
all of you QRPers in the log.

Rex K7QQ

-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Tom
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2013 9:02 PM
To: KU7Y
Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] When is speed not speedy?

This an interesting thread.

One of the interesting observations made at this years CTU was along the
lines of  "A lot of the serious folks will end up working a good percentage
of the serious folks".  No - don't expect a 100% sweep, or even close to it,
but chances are the big guns will work a good percentage of serious
entrants, conditions permitting.  Once you think about it, this makes
perfect sense.

What makes the real difference is how many casual folks one can work.

So - by slowing down and making an effort to work casual folks CAN lead to a
winning score!

The other thing I heard at the 2011 QRP forum was to suggest the QRP folks
work contesters!  We have the ears to hear them, and they WILL make QSO's
:-).  And yes, the QSO's ARE appreciated.  My heart skipped a beat when I
heard the presenter suggest this :-)

Just something to keep in the back of your mind during those slow times...
There are folks wanting to work us.  Just might need to dig a little deeper
to put them in the log.

Tom - VE3CX

On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 3:57 PM, KU7Y <ku7y.cw at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Show some gratitude and slow down, guys.
> I spend a good bit of time on a couple of QRP email lists.  There are 
> many folks there that are both new to ham radio and to contesting.  
> One of the things that seems to always come up is how contesting is 
> too hard to break into due to all the fast CW.
> Now I understand that speeds do need to be up there a bit to be able 
> to make a good score but.... when we think about things to do to get 
> more people interested in contesting we need to also think about those 
> new folks trying to "get up to speed" and just giving up because they 
> can't copy most stations.... even one letter/number at a time.
> I'm not sure just what the answer is but it's seems like a shame to 
> pass up this pool of "recruits".  Maybe if more people would move up 
> the band and cut their speed down to 15ish or so wpm during some of 
> the low rate times, would this help "welcome" the new folks??
> After all, these new folks are a good portion of tomorrow's scores if 
> we can get/keep them interested while they get their CW skills up.
> OK, back in my hole,
> Ron, KU7Y
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