I have a few questions regarding S2S practices.
First of all, what is the best way to CQ for S2S contacts, i.e.
- which format to use when calling CQ (like “CQ S2S DE mycall ON summit ref K”?)
- which format to use when trying to contact another activator you are hearing so that he/she knows I am S2S?
- which timing? Do you first do a few QSOs to qualify and then chase for S2S?
Second, what happens if there is an S2S, but both operators do not realize it until back from the trip? Does the database notice S2S QSOs automatically if matching callsigns report QSOs from two summits?
Or do we need to confirm the S2S character during the QSO and then take manual action?
I am asking this because as a CW newcomer, boilerplate QSOs work best for me on summits, so any sudden rag chew can irritate me when under time-pressure.
What is the best format to point the other party to the S2S nature of the call?
Thanks for your help!