Danny Higgins danny.higgins at keme.co.uk
Wed Apr 21 13:51:57 PDT 2010


I always slow down if I am called by a QRS station because I want to make
sure he gets the call and the report correct.  Also, he may come back again
in the next contest.

I use QRP for CW and DATA when conditions are good, as 100W to 10W is the
same as S9+30 to S9+20.  I use a full size 80M dipole up about 40 feet and
in the last CW contest I managed to hold a run frequency for over an hour.
It helps to have a low noise level to pick up the other QRP stations who
call.  I'll probably be QRP in tomorrow's data contest as I can only run 50W
in data modes, so only disadvantaged by 7dB this time.

Danny, G3XVR

-----Original Message-----
From: uk-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:uk-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Thomas Cannon
Sent: 21 April 2010 21:14
To: UK Contesting
Subject: [UK-CONTEST] QRS and QRP

I was approached by one of the members at are Radio club the other night who
has just started to go into the Club Championship contests. He has never
been in Amateur Radio contests before so was not sure of the QSO format. He
also is learning Morse Code and was keen to try it out in the contest.
I explained the use of cut numbers in contest N - 9 and T - 0 and the
contest QSO format. which he was fine with.
The problem he had this month in the CW  leg was that only 1 station out of
the handful he worked slowed down so he could understand them. I have been
trying so hard this year to get members to take part in the Club
Championships especially the members that are not contesters and the ones
learning Morse Code.
His comment to me was:" I am not sure I will do that again, only one person
would slow down". If we want newcomers to take part in these contest we must
slow down to their speed. I have convinced him to give it another try, so
please if you are sent Morse very slowly, please send it back slowly to the
other station.

Also congratulations to some of the QRP stations in the Club Championships.
There were some big scoring logs and I wish I had a station as good as
theirs! I think the antenna must be the most important part of the station.
I use a full size G5RV at about 30 feet and when the weather permits I use a
40 metre verticle on a Helikite with 16 - 20 Metre ground radials. If anyone
has any better ideas for an antenna on 80 Metres I would love to hear about

Work you in a contest soon


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