[CQ-Contest] Running by the numbers

ve9aa at nbnet.nb.ca ve9aa at nbnet.nb.ca
Tue Jul 6 13:45:19 EDT 2021

de VE9AA.
To Stan/K4SBZ,

See Steve's post from a few days ago. Probably the best post on this topic in
recent times.

 I don't think I have ever run by the #'s...not that VE9 is very rare (it was
when it first came out in 1993, but not a new country...just a new prefix.) 
Even from first time activated IOTA Islands or CY0AA & CY9AA (or VE1, VO1 or
VO2) I would never run by the numbers.  My own opinion.  The good op
adapts...same as in contests...sometimes I am 15wpm calling some newbie and
sometimes I am running at 45wpm to Eastern EU on a quiet 10m.  Sometimes I am
talking slow and using only Q signals and very little else (EU/AS) or am talking
like an auctioneer (USA/VE). Sometimes my pileup (from a DX location) is a
single frequency and sometimes it was 20kHz wide.
 As always the best answer is:
"It depends"

>From Steve W1SRD the other day:

 Everyone has an opinion here, but Martti Laine put some good words down about
pileup management several years ago.

Worth a read or re-read.



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