eHam Logo

 Home Home
 Articles & Stories
 Contesting Wiki
 My Profile

 This Week's Contests
 Classified Ads
 Contest Links
 Product Reviews

Contest Lists

Other Lists

 Mailing List FAQs

Site Information
 About This Site Team

Contesting Online Survey

Survey Question Current Survey Question

Recently the RDXC committee reclassified P3F to high power from low power without publicly providing strong evidence that any infraction had occurred. They concluded was that the contestant was running HP on 80/40m but not full-time, just 10 minutes here and there without any convincing evidence. It appears they used the RBN as their source of information. Should the RXDC contest have to publicly provide convincing evidence before reclassifying a station from LP to HP?

Recent Surveys

Randy, K5ZD, wrote a sidebar titled " Convergence and Change" in the 2015 CQWW CW printed results in CQ magazine. He wrote that the "convergence of personal computers, Internet access, DX clusters, and CW Skimmer have changed the nature of CW contesting". He goes to say that it is "more difficult to police the line between the single operator working alone and those who are using the assistance of DX spotting." In light of this convergence and change is it time to recombine SO and SOA into a single category?

What's your primary Software for HF Contests ? ( no VHF/UHF ! )

Are you ready the this year's winter contest season

What ways have you found to be effective to attract newcomers to our hobby?

What is your linear?

View All Survey Questions

Have a good idea for a Contesting Online Survey question?
Enter your idea!

Thanks for voting! Your vote has been included in the results below.

When operating a CW contest, you come upon a station sending very fast (QRQ) - faster than you are comfortable with. Generally, you...
  Posted: Jan 20, 2002   (678 votes, 9 comments) by N2MG

Survey Results
call him at his speed and hope for the best. 12% (78)
call him at a speed you're comfortable with and hope he slows down. 43% (289)
hang around hoping others call him so you get extra chances at the exchange. 22% (149)
keep tuning to find someone more your speed. 10% (69)
I don't operate CW (contests). 6% (42)
Other. 8% (51)

Survey Comments
QRQ in Contests
I really admire the guys who can operate at 35+ wpm. But I question their strategy and wisdom when I hear them call "CQ TEST" 20 times in a row without an answer. If I could tell what they were sending, I'd answer. If ANYBODY could tell what they were sending, they would answer too. Guys! Maybe you're s2 here. Maybe you sound like you're under water because you're short path. Maybe my KAM thinks you sound more like G-TOR than CW. Maybe there are a hundred other guys thinking the same thing I am. Hey --- go with 35. But when it goes dry, why flog a dead horse? Instead of sending fruitlessly for 20 minutes at 35, why not try 25 and work some of us "bottom feeders"? Q's are Q's at ANY speed, right?

Posted by NW7U on February 19, 2002

QRQ on 160?
My pet peeve is the guys on 160 who run 100 watts to a wet noodle and believe they are as strong as you are with 1500 watts to a well-grounded full-sized vertical! I can comfortably copy >60 WPM but not when their signal is below my noise floor!
73, Bill W4ZV

Posted by W4ZV on February 1, 2002

I chose "other." I've never run across a station sending faster
than I'm comfortable with :.)

Posted by w2up on January 29, 2002

QRQ Dependes
I can copy 35wpm comfortable, but worse is CW weigh. 20wpm with too long dash and fast dith is hard to copy for me. Byt the way, I always slow down when somebody calls me "QRS". It's a preasure send at comfortable speed to the other part. If he cannot read me, What am I doing so? It's not 2-WAY anymore. 73, Luc - PY8AZT

Posted by py8azt on January 29, 2002

Go with the flow
Generally my speed goes up and down depending on how many stations are calling. During heated "waves" of exchanges, if you call at the speed you can copy, I will slow down and send at that speed. If you call at MY speed, I will assume you can copy me at any speed. You always have the option to send "QRS" at any point!


Posted by wy7i on January 26, 2002

The need for speed...........CW's great.... (:>
Check this out:

Posted by wa6bob on January 22, 2002

It can backfire
I do everything possible to have the guy's entire exchange (call and whatever else is needed) in my head before calling to work anybody, to prevent all the time wasted trying to figure it out later. I imagine it's happened to everyone that we work a DX station and miss some critical piece of data and then waste a lot of time trying to get it, which can include calling the guy a second time and being told we're a dupe -- thus, still missing the data!

Posted by WB2WIK on January 22, 2002

Fast is good
I like to go fast, so I guess I'm "one of them." :-)

Posted by k2ua on January 22, 2002

If you are sending QRQ---receive an answer, send the exchange---then hear "AGN"---if your smart, you'll slow down, complete the "Q" and continue on.

If you answer QRQ and need to send "AGN" and the station won't slow down so you can get the exchange----move on---it's better for both stations.


Posted by W3IQ on January 22, 2002

To post a comment, you must be logged in.

If you are not a member, become one now!