Your comments about actual on the air experience reminded me of my own
frustrations a while back. I had been using the Morse Runner application
extensively for a long time (nightly for several months). I was practicing
to build more accuracy and speed while I was off the air. The program worked
great. It worked perfect.
What I discovered when I returned to the airwaves, with *real* contesting
participants, I became very frustrated that the cadence of the stations I
was working was not anywhere as smooth as Morse Runner. This wasn't a
one-time deal, rather a number of contests where I would loose interest to
the point of turning off the radio and going to do something else.
I eventually weaned myself off Morse Runner when I realized where my
dissatisfaction was rooted.
Posted for what it's worth... a personal experience I am sharing.
73 de Bob - KØRC in MN
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Neiger" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "K1TTT" <K1TTT@ARRL.NET>; <CQ-Contest@contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 17, 2010 2:09 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] N6TJ AXIOMS OF LIFE
>I will comment about your last paragraph David, since obviously you've
> ran a contest pile-up from the DX end, when often hundreds are all calling
> on the same frequency. But then your statement:
> "ONLY if you DON'T have the skill to know how to deal with it". I've been
> contesting 50 something years now, but there's never one where I don't
> something new. So please, go out somewhere rare, and show us all how to
> It's not that I don't send my call frequently enough; some operators
> than I, say I send it too often. But growing-up when KH6IJ was my idol,
> signed on to Nose's manner of just sending my call at the end of the QSO,
> which when you're in a 4 per minute rhythm (cw of course), the skilled
> operators calling simply know it means 3 things: (1) I QSL your exchange
> and call; (2) I am XXX; and (3) QRZ. It's simply musical poetry.
> No, David, that is not the problem. It's those like you, and others,
> promoting packet, skimmers, nets, lists, etc. that have destroyed the
> ability of many (most?) to copy. I send ZD8Z. Your students post ZD9ZZ.
> Or 2D8Z. or ZD8MI.
> You opine that I should "just work the dupes that don't listen and get
> out of the way". I do this 99% of the time. But often to the
> detriment to my score. Like in the 1997 CQ WW CW from ZD8Z. I did
> band 15, and became the first to ever do 5000+ QSO's on a band. It's
> the world record. But, because of your wonderful technology operators,
> busted my call in some of the above ways, I ended up with an outrageous 7%
> DUPE rate. Help me out with the math, please, David: 7% of 5000 = 350
> QSO's lost by DUPES. Which is equivalent to wasting about 3 hours of the
> contest. As you don't appear to be a serious contester, I can understand
> why you don't care about wasting 3 hours. But for those of us with a goal
> to operate 48 straight, can you understand why we might not be too pleased
> that the generation you are fostering can't even copy code?
> And I cannot let your last words of learned advice pass without a note:
> said " while adding a comment about what your real call is again" Ever
> that, on cw, when you've got 500 stations constantly calling you, and
> dit you send starts a new fever of calling? Ever try to inform a DUPE, on
> CW, that he is just that, when (1) he has no clue as to what your call
> and (2) obviously doesn't believe he's DUPE'd you. And further to that,
> most likely his top speed has maxed out somewhere around 15wpm. Again,
> please go out somewhere this fall, and show us all how to do it. I'm
> willing to learn.
> It's late, and now every time I read the word DUPE, it's increasingly
> looking like I wrote DOPE. No insult intended, but I think I better quit
> Vy 73
> Jim Neiger N6TJ
> From: "K1TTT" <K1TTT@ARRL.NET>
> Sent: Friday, July 16, 2010 4:13 AM
> To: <CQ-Contest@contesting.com>
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] N6TJ AXIOMS OF LIFE
>>> NO. 548 Packet spotting, skimmers and that ilk, corrupts and perverts
>>> attempt to demonstrate operating skills, absolutely.
>> Only if you consider packet spotting not a part of operating. By now we
>> all aware that packet spotting exists, it has existed for many years, and
>> will continue to be a part of contest operating for the foreseeable
>> future... so learn how to handle it and make it a part of your skill set.
>>> They're happy, and I'm left with a DUPE. Wonderful. My only solution
>>> is to QSY. Then watch the DUPES disappear (for awhile, at least)
>> ONLY if you DON'T have the skill to know how to deal with it... ID more
>> often, call a couple CQ's with your call 2 or 3 times, and just work the
>> dupes that don't listen and get them out of the way... while adding a
>> comment about what your real call is again.
>> David Robbins K1TTT
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