James Cain wrote:
> When I was a big-time CW traffic handler in high school, after each message
> sent the receiving operator would send one DIT to indicate he'd received it
> and was ready for the next one. Efficiency was everything. (I learned this
> from W0BDR, who was blind -- he typed and read his messages on a Braille
> writer, sent with a bug, and never, ever made a mistake or asked for a fill.
> Sort of a cyber operator.)
> Today, contesting is ham radio's efficiency showcase. So, I may change my
> procedure. To check if a frequency is in use I could just send one DIT. This
> would reduce my electricity bill.
> On a related subject, now that full break in (QSK) is built into most rigs,
> why not just continuously send "CQ TEST K1TN QSK" and wait for someone to
> send a DIT? Think of the wear and tear this would save on the F1 key.
> jim cain, K1TN/9
I'd rather wear out my F1 key than my xcvr relay!
Barry Kutner, W2UP
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