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Contesting Online Forums : Tips : S&P Forums Help

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S&P Reply
by N2NFG on August 4, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
What are the tricks of the trade for successful S&P? (other than running two radios!) I run low power in all contest operations and have never been able to get near the same rate I hear is possible. (>80 hr.) Any tips? 73, Bob
RE: S&P Reply
by N4ZR on August 6, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
To me, the key is just to keep moving. Don't be seduced by the pileups, especially if you know that it's a big operatyion -- you'll get them later. Some folks advocate using a bandmap (in their contest software) to keep track of what they haven't worked yet. I haven't tried that but it could work.
RE: S&P Reply
by N2MG on August 10, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
I think >80/hour with low power would be a respectable feat. With decent antennas it's more than possible, but not with mediocre ones.

Also, this rate would depend on the contest and your location. For example, CQWW's first day is notoriously difficult for US stations as the European guys are working each other much of the time.

As N4ZR said, stay out of the big pileups (especially the ubiquitous Caribbean ones - they'll be there ALL weekend) - you aren't DXing, and you aren't multiplier hunting (are you?!). IMO, you are trying to emulate running without holding a frequency. Just tune up (I prefer DOWN) the band stopping at each CQ/QSO just long enough to determine if it's a needed callsign. The various computer logging programs' bandmap features take the tedium out of this - learn one if you haven't. If you find a "juicy" one, just park that freq in your extra VFO or a memory and go back and forth with run-emulation. That's good practice for the times when you can hold a frequency and really run, yet still want to tune for multipliers.

On that note, don't forget to stop and call CQ if you find an open spot (you WILL find them). Just be prepared for what appears to be a little less "action" (it's really boring to call CQ over and over with out answers to each one) but your QSO rate might actually be better. There are hoards of DX that do not call CQ themselves, rather, they tune around answering them. This is especially true of some rarer African stations during late afternoon (US time). Also be prepared for some other stations trying to "steal" your frequency, but that's a different subject, hi.



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