[CQ-Contest] "Test" At End of CQ

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Mon Jun 1 05:28:06 EDT 2020

A complete waste of time?  Or shorthand to notify other ops that you are in the contest, since (hard as it might be to believe) not everyone QRV is operating in the contest?

Sending CQ TEST is faster than sending CQ WPX or CQ PAQP or CQ BERU... and conveys the same point (especially to those not familiar with a contest’s initials).

It works.  The inefficiency, if any, is minimal.  IMHO, leave well enough alone.

73, ron w3wn

> On May 31, 2020, at 11:32 PM, Jim Brown <k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com> wrote:
> I don't know where this practice came from -- perhaps the guys who came up with "Please Copy?" Both are time-wasters, and "test" at the end of a CQ completely throws off the rhythm of answering a CQ. If you need that "test" to tell you it's time to call, you need to go back to contesting school!
> 73, Jim K9YC
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