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

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Mon Jun 1 10:07:50 EDT 2020

My guess is that Jim is referring to someone that sends CQ TEST (or CQ  
WPX) - their callsign and then TEST again at the end.  You can tell  
that they are in the contest by the CQ TEST.

John KK9A

Ron Notarius W3WN wrote:
Mon Jun 1 05:28:06 EDT 2020
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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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