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CQ WPX CW: Tips from the Contest Crew

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W1DED, May 23, 2024.

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  1. W1DED

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    The Contest Crew gathered to share some valuable tips and tricks to help you make the most of the CQ WPX CW weekend. Whether you're a new contester or a seasoned competitor, you'll find something useful from the insights offered by Randy Thompson K5ZD, Dan Craig N6MJ, Chris Hurlbut KL9A, and the Crew's newcomer, Bill Fehring W9KKN. Each operator provides a glimpse into their unique contest plans as ND7K in Arizona, KM7W in Montana, and AK1W in Massachusetts. Join us and get ready for the next major contest of 2024!

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  2. K7JQ

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    Another very informative video! Even though I've been regularly contesting for the last 14 years, I picked up a few pointers from the crew, and posted a decent score this past weekend from my HOA antenna restricted home. I don't know the crew's final scores, but I worked Dan a few times and he had over 3,700 Q's at 1130Z Sunday from the propagation black hole of AZ at ND7K.
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  3. KH6AQ

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    At 21:14 Randy talks about when " the numbers get north of a thousand you get a lot more repeats." I noticed this not only for the ops I worked but for myself also. I wonder if is due operator copy ability, confidence, a greater chance of a 4-digit number coinciding with QSB/noise or all of the above. All things equal the odds of miscopying 4-digits is 33% greater than 3-digits so maybe it's a confidence thing; greater doubt with the longer serial number. To check myself I ran an experiment with LCWO sending 3-digit Code Groups and then 4-digit Code Groups. I found no difference in the effort needed to copy either given the clean, no noise LCWO code groups. For me I think I fall into the all of the above category where I worry if I copied it correctly through the noise. In any event we are all in the same boat once we get to sending 4-digit serial numbers so it's a wash. The WPX was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to next year.
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  4. K7JQ

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    Maybe it's a case of being caught off guard in astonishment when some big gun gives out a 4-digit number five hours into the contest:p.
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