[CQ-Contest] Sending 'test'

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Tue Nov 27 17:35:05 EST 2018

Well Chris, yes, there are some who would have a CW ragchew even in the midst of the CQWW contest.  

For that matter, scratch "CW".  It can and will happen in any mode in any contest.

Why?  (The left fielder)

Some are simply stubborn and will stick to the schedule, contest or no contest.
Some simply pay no attention to the contest and will operate as they choose even in the midst of the contest.  (Not that there's anything wrong with that)
And some are looking to provoke contesters, just so that they can play martyr.

I'm sure there's another hundred possibilities out there as well, these are the first ones that come to mind.

So while it may seem to us, in the midst of "battle", that sending "CQ TEST" is redundant... it's not.

73, ron w3wn

-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Chris Tran GM3WOJ
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 1:48 PM
To: cq-contest-request at contesting.com
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Sending 'test'

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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