[CQ-Contest] Time saver

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Mon Sep 26 08:58:50 EDT 2016

There are far bigger time wasters in RTTY contests! Macros can really be
trimmed. There is no reason to send everyone's callsign multiple times
during every exchange and no reason to send everything again when asked to
fill in some missing information.

John KK9A -  W4AAA in last weekend's CQWW RTTY.

To:	<CQ-Contest at contesting.com>
Subject:	Re: [CQ-Contest] Time saver
From:	"Wigi, KL0R" <wigi at kl0r.com>
Date:	Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:46:12 -0800

I have given this some thought. On RTTY, if you can avoid [SHIFT] or
It is probably worth a few Qs over the life of a contest. 5NN on RTTY is a
idea... you're actually transmitting
[upshift]5{downshift]NN[upshift]01[downshift]. 59901 saves two characters.
the course of a minute you might save 4-6 characters, which would be 10
faster. If you're running the whole 48 hours, that's almost 5 hours of Qs. Of
course, nobody runs constant rate for 48 hours, but it makes the most of the
best rate hours.

Think of it this way. If you make 1500 Qs in 48 hours, that is 3000 extra
characters sent... and those are only extra characters that are sent making
actual Qs. That is 67 minutes of characters.

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