[CQ-Contest] Popgun Sprint CW thoughts

Steve London n2icarrl at gmail.com
Mon Feb 2 12:48:59 EST 2015

On 02/01/2015 09:23 AM, Art Boyars wrote:

> 3. In Sprint, small signals can't move to the edge of the fray to CQ; the
> edges seem to be too dynamic.

This does work in CW Sprint, where the bands aren't as crowded.

If you're weak and/or slow, a worthwhile strategy is to CQ at the upper 
edge of activity. After you work someone, QSY 5 or more kHz and start 
another CQ. You can also do back-to-back CQ QSO's by changing bands 
(which are, of course, more than 5 kHz apart). When activity starts to 
thin out as stations move to another band, you will have much better 
success with S&P and not getting beaten out as often.

> (And, of course, Sprint has no "fresh meat" effect that could help a

Not quite true. Believe me, after 0130Z, I am looking hard on 20 meters 
for fresh meat. Same for 40 meters after 0300Z. If I hear a new station 
on the "wrong end" of a QSO, I might very well start a CQ a few kHz 
above his/her last frequency in hopes that they answer. This is 
especially true if it's a new multiplier.

Hope that all this new interest in Sprint results in more activity this 
Saturday night for CW Sprint !

Steve, N2IC

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