1) get new patch. remember however that once you upgrade patch number, you can't go back 9some servers run patch 14, some 12, some 6.
2) use QTracker
3) forget the above, go to quakelive.com and play for free the new and improved version of q3a. that's what i do along with everyone else(all the pros are there, cypher, cooler, spartie, strenx, etc ..)