[CQ-Contest] Sending 'test'

George Dubovsky n4ua.va at gmail.com
Tue Nov 27 17:06:45 EST 2018

Well, once upon a time, I believe "CQ" and "TEST" were the two keywords
recognized by skimmer software. Whether or not that still pertains, I can't
say, but that MIGHT account for some of the continuing use.


geo - n4ua

On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 5:03 PM Chris Tran GM3WOJ <gm3woj at christran.net>

> Hello all
> Thanks to everyone who worked GM2V in CQ WW CW – the world’s #1 CW contest!
> I was puzzled as to why many stations waste time by still sending ‘CQ
> <callsign> Test’ i.e. the stock macro from most of the contest software
> writers.
> It’s a major contest weekend, many stations are using contest callsigns,
> the CW portions of the contest bands are full of signals, so ‘Test’ seems
> completely redundant to me. No-one would try to have a rag-chew on CW
> during CQ WW CW, or am I wrong?
> 73   Chris
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