Re: PSKFEST COMING UP!
This is the RTTY-style exchange that I use:
CQ CQ PSKFEST de K9DWR K9DWR CQ
KJ4IZW 599 IL IL KJ4IZW
K9DWR 599 SC SC KJ4IZW
TU KJ4IZW K9DWR CQ
(for numeric exchanges, would use 599-1234 599-1234 for RTTY ... yes, the
dash makes a difference! but that's another story -- see
http://dwestbrook.net/projects/ham/rtty-length/ for a nifty tool i wrote)
There's a lot going on there, but there are some key basics for contesting
* someone has to CQ
* someone has to answer (the S/P or Search/Pouncer)
* CQ'er has to give a report, and has to be clear who he's addressing.
* answering station has to give report -- this implicitly acknowledges
* CQ'er acknowledges -- this implicitly ends the QSO, and next station is
free to call. (In rtty, the S/P'er will probably tune away as soon as i
see the "TU".)
Some things to keep in mind for efficiency:
* as answering station, NEVER give report until CQ'er has your callsign
* No need for "AGN" "NO COPY" "REPEAT", etc ... Simply repeat a step
until partner gets it. Going to the next step always implicitly
acknowledges the previous.
* when CQ'ing NEVER send "DUP" to turn away a caller ... He might not
have first Q in log for any number of reasons. And it's faster (and
in rhythm) to just work him again.
* (except for sprints that require a QSY) the CQ'er owns the freq ....
e.g. if a DX or whatever answers the CQer, you can't hop in after on same
freq to call the DX.
Now, note that PSK and 070 are both less formal than say RTTY -- so you'll
see a lot of different formats of exchanges/macros that you won't see in
RTTY contests. Which is fine, just stay away from normal brag files
(station info, etc).
GL and enjoy!! I'd encourage you to check out RTTY Roundup, too, if
you're interested in contests .. At least tune in to a big station and see
what a real run looks & sounds like.
On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM, rockdw <david@...> wrote:
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