[CQ-Contest] Time saver

Mike Ritz w7vo at comcast.net
Mon Sep 26 13:06:30 EDT 2016

I think the best compromise is to have two sets of macros. One set with multiple callsigns and reports for DX stations that you can barely hear, (and that can probably barely hear you), and something that only sends the exchange info quickly once for loud stations that you know will get it right the first time. The last thing you want to hear is "agn?", as that is a REAL time waster. 


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From: "KL0R Wigi" <wigi at kl0r.com> 
To: CQ-Contest at contesting.com 
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2016 9:36:34 AM 
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Time saver 

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 

-----Original Message----- 
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of 
john at kk9a.com 
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2016 4:59 AM 
To: CQ-Contest at contesting.com 
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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