when working fixed stations in a contest mark the stations worked with the TNF saves a lot of time

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another use for TNF??
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Stephen Linton

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Stu Phillips - K6TU, Elmer

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Good thought!  Shows them on the panadaptor but takes time to right click etc.

When running un-assisted in a contest, I use the bandmap in the logging program to mark the stations I've worked - both N1MM and Writelog will do this got you automatically when you enter the Q in the log.

At some point, having the ability to mark this automagically on the pan adaptor would be great but for now, the bandmap doesn't require additional mousing around or having to change the window focus during the contest.

Stu K6TU
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Ernest - W4EG

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HRD also inform you that you have work the station and in which band. 

The use of TNF as you suggest is unnecessary in my belief, because once worked that station may relocate somewhere else in the band. 

Marking then as you and Stu suggest may block another choice from being heard that you may need. 

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Stu Phillips - K6TU, Elmer

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I wouldn't TNF them out for exactly the point you made.

In a contest if I'm S&Ping, the stations I work are running CQ's and stay put for quite a while.  If I can work them quickly, I do and they get shown on the bandmap as worked (no effort on my part).

If there is a big pile up and I don't get the guy on the second call, I mark them on the bandmap as unworked and move on.  This way, the next pass over the band I know that I need to work them.

After two passes across the band, I have a good sense of what is left to work.  

Depending on how long I spend tuning over the band, I will clear the bandmap after a couple of passes.

I also tend to tune high to low since most ops seem to do the opposite - not uncommon to hear that you are contending with the same station who is also tuning looking for S&P.

The band map just helps me quickly figure out whether I've likely worked the guy before in S&P or not.  A memory aid if you will.

Stu K6TU