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

RT Clay rt_clay at bellsouth.net
Mon Jun 1 11:39:38 EDT 2020

It's not in the same category as please copy (and yes, I have heard that on cw too : )), but at least for me having TEST first is better. When tuning the band you often come across a "CQ", "TU", or "TEST" just slightly out of your passband, or just hear the key clicks. These signals can be identified much easier than a callsign. If one of these is first, I still have time to tune in the signal and get the callsign. If TEST is last I do not, and have to wait for another CQ cycle. So it wastes time (both for me and the station cqing).

If you don't tune and only click on spots this doesn't matter.

Putting TEST last seems to be a European practice- in this WPX it was 90% effective at identifying a EU signal :) Maybe someone from there can explain why.


On Monday, June 1, 2020, 8:15:04 AM CDT, Stan Stockton <wa5rtg at gmail.com> wrote: 

So when you are S&P and you tune across someone in time to hear them send
their call sign one time do you call them or not?

If not, and they actually called CQ, do you wait for them to work whoever
does call them and call when they are ready for another one?  If you do
call I guess you risk causing QRM to the guy you thought you were calling
as he tries to copy the guy who he was calling.

Not sure this is same category as "Please Copy"


On Sun, May 31, 2020, 10:59 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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