[CQ-Contest] Sending 'test'

Chris Tran GM3WOJ gm3woj at christran.net
Wed Nov 28 03:29:49 EST 2018

Hello all

Thanks for the responses, both on and off reflector.  I’d like to pick up on Vlad VE3TM’s comment (see below – thanks for the QSOs!)

Hopefully not reopening any previous threads, I rarely operate Assisted, so I’m very aware that poor / selfish operating by some stations not IDing regularly makes my Unassisted life difficult.  Our RSGB HF contest rules have the rule ‘You must send your callsign at least every 3rd QSO and no less often than once a minute’ – the CW WW rules define as Unsportsmanlike conduct ‘Running stations not identifying in a timely manner (i.e., 1 minute)’   One Zone 40 station was particularly unsportsmanlike during CQ WW!

This links to Vlad’s point specifically – during the contest – except on Sunday evening when I was tired or no-one was responding - I would just send (once) ‘CQ GM2V’, listen for about 3s, then ‘CQ GM2V’ again.  I’ve calculated that this ‘CQ GM2V’ takes about 2.5s to send at 40wpm, so no-one has to wait longer than 6s to hear both the next CQ and the callsign. 

Anyone can operate however they like, but I use these short CQs on our DXpeditions (a very different scenario of course) and they work well.

73   Chris

Hello Chris,

1. If there is no trailing TEST, then how would people distinguish a CQ call from a S&P call? 
Look at this:
CQ GM2V GM2V (a CQ call)
GM2V GM2V (you call somebody else).
The only difference is the short CQ in the very beginning. If I miss it, I have to stop and wait for your next full CQ call to make sure, it is really CQ, and I don't disrupt your S&P call. As a result, I waste my time, and so do you.  Having heard your TEST in the end, I would call you right away, and instead of making another CQ call you would already have another QSO conducted. 

2. If you call like this:
Then how do I know WHEN your CQ call is over, if there is no clear "stop" sign? Are you sending your call once, twice, or more? I simply don't know that and I have wait not just to the end of your CQ call, but somewhat longer until it becomes clear, your call is over and I can finally call you. Once again, both you and me are wasting time.

If you want to make your CQ call shorter, you may better omit the starting CQ but keep the trailing TEST, instead. 
GM2V GM2V TEST would be perfectly fine.

Thanks for all the QSOs.


Vlad VE3TM

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