[CQ-Contest] Time saver

Randy Thompson K5ZD k5zd at charter.net
Mon Sep 26 23:55:47 EDT 2016

I thought about this a number of times this past weekend. The quality of
RTTY operating continues to improve.  I remember a few years ago when an 70
to 80 hour using one radio was pretty good.  I had a number of times over
100/hour this year.  Mostly due to people being much more efficient in how
they send the info.

The one exception is the number of times people send their call when they
respond to a CQ.  In almost every case, sending the call only two times was
enough.  The third and fourth times were just wasting time.  I did most of
my calls to other stations with just sending my call once or twice.  It was
rare to need more.

CQWW RTTY is really fun.  With more activity and sharper operating, it can
be even more so.

Randy, K5ZD

> -----Original Message-----
> From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
> john at kk9a.com
> Sent: Monday, September 26, 2016 12:59 PM
> 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.
> Over
> 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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