[CQ-Contest] Hallucinations

Charles Harpole hs0zcw at gmail.com
Wed Nov 30 20:43:27 EST 2016

Hallucinations are common when a person either goes into a zone via intense
concentration or via repetition.  On Phone, a repetition of a CQ, done by
the operator's mouth over and over again is like a chant or a use of a
mantra.  It is common in those who do repetitions......... over and over
again and again.
73, Charly

On Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 11:07 PM, Martin LU5DX <lu5dx at lucg.com.ar> wrote:

> Hello,
> I've read a few comments on 3830 about ops suffering of hallucinations
> when making full 48-hour efforts.
> I've only suffered that once in 1997 when entering SOSB 21 Mhz from AY1I.
> The issue was an improper diet the week before and eating way too much
> during the contest.
> I had to take a short nap during the 2013 ARRL INT'L at CE3CT. Again the
> issue was what I was eating the week before.
> You really need to eat right before the contest and make sure your liver
> is really clean.
> During the contest I tend no to it. This past weekend I did a 48-hour
> fresh natural juice fasting (tnx LU5HM for that). That's all what's
> required.
> Eventually you may eat a few nuts. (Nothing after 21 UTC on Saturday till
> sun is really high on Sunday morning for you).
> The worst hours in my case are usually the two hours before sunrise on
> Sunday. If I notice it's taking me really long to reply to callers, I will
> simply operate standing up.
> If you still need to ZZzz. Try a few short naps. Make sure someone is
> there to wake you up or you have at least 10 alarm clocks!
> There are very nice articles on how much time a short nap needs to be out
> there.
> 73,
> Martin LU5DX
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Charly, HS0ZCW

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