[CQ-Contest] Time saver

Wigi, KL0R wigi at kl0r.com
Mon Sep 26 12:36:34 EDT 2016

I assumed that one would have already done all those things - If someone was
thinking about saving time in transmission, that they would try cut numbers.
The only argument you might make for repeating a call is to make sure that
there was clean copy. Anyway, assuming you've already optimized your macros
and everything else, cut numbers in RTTY add two characters every time they
are sent. If you're making 2 q's a minute, and both stations send cut
numbers (once per Q, each way), that is 8 extra characters, about an 18
percent reduction in efficiency.

QRX while I trim my macros...

Wigi, KL0R

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john at kk9a.com
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2016 4:59 AM
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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Time saver

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
[UNSHIFT], It is probably worth a few Qs over the life of a contest. 5NN on
RTTY is a bad 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
percent 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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