[CQ-Contest] Running by the numbers
daveedmo at gmail.com
Sat Jul 3 17:35:44 EDT 2021
Yesterday i heard a 13 colony station running by the numbers. When he got
to the 4’s, the pileup was so large that he asked for only W4’s. If he was
going through all the prefixeds, I knew that he would never call mine, so i
called him during the ‘W4’ request and i worked him. I’ve never heard
anyone ever narrow it down to prefixes.
73s Dave WN4AFP
On Sat, Jul 3, 2021 at 5:22 PM rjairam at gmail.com <rjairam at gmail.com> wrote:
> As a rule I never do it. I've had some thick pileups like ARRL
> centennial and 13 colonies. I just never do it. I have other ways to
> thin the pile that to me are more effective.
> Ria, N2RJ
> On Sat, Jul 3, 2021 at 2:13 PM Bill kollenbaum via CQ-Contest
> <cq-contest at contesting.com> wrote:
> > I've been running by the numbers for years...when necessary. I've done
> it both in and out of contests.
> > from KH6 fluttery weak EU stations were an issue, as were big USA
> > Keys to success:
> > Only do it when your rate slows because you can't pull them out fast
> enough (especially in spotted pileups)
> > Stick to the number. NEVER call someone with the wrong number. You'll
> be sorry you did.
> > Go quickly through the numbers...maybe two or three for each to avoid
> getting the natives restless.
> > End with zeroes or nines. The guys get pissed if you stop at five or
> six etc.
> > Back around 2009 a few guys and I decided to a 1E from my station in
> KH6 using high power. The pileups were as big as I've ever had and we were
> forced to go by the numbers. Dozens of modest FD stations all sounded like
> an S-5 buzz. We did the numbers for hours with that one. However, one of
> the inexperienced guys broke the cardinal rule and started taking anybody
> while doing it by the numbers and all hell broke loose.
> > Bill K4XS/KH7XS/V31XX
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