[CQ-Contest] WAE QTC tactics

Tiberiu Tebeica yo9gzu at gmail.com
Mon Aug 10 19:16:13 EDT 2015

Hi Tim,

Top entrants in EU ask every single caller for QTCs, starting from the very first minutes of the contest. No serious competitor seek a good QSO rate in this contest. QTC total number is the rule.

The moment when one asks for QTCs and even the running position in the band map are important. If you land with your running frequency right next to another big gun, which can be a QTC vacuum cleaner, you will get mostly callers without QTCs to offer. Because the total number of QTCs is limited, there is a continuous competition for them.

S&P mode has to be QTC focused, nod QSO focused. That means, one has to keep a close look-out for stations that didn’t send their QTCs yet, even though they are already in the log, and sometimes one should speculate the right moment when they have a full pack of 10 to send. One second might cost you another 5-10 minutes of background close monitoring of that particular station, until they bring together 10 new QTCs.

Remember, a EU station will always be happy even with a single QTC received. The amount of energy and time put in for those QTCs is tremendous.

73 Tibi YO9GZU

On Aug 10, 2015, at 8:05 PM, Tim Shoppa <tshoppa at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am curious about how the EU stations determine who to ask for QTC's. I'm
> guessing EU's are looking for loud well-keyed stations to ask for QTC's. I
> note that in the 3830 results for WAE CW Monday afternoon, I see a handful
> of EU stations with twice as many QTC's as QSO's, an excellent result
> showing a lot of effort in asking for QTC's.

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