Something else to think about is how important all the "casual" operators
are to the big scores the "contest" stations make.
One of the things that many less skilled CW operators do is use a CW decoder
to help them identify a run station and get their exchange before calling.
This lets them participate in the contest and have fun while learning. The
more time these new folks spend in the contest, the better they get. And
many of them wind up becoming good CW ops.
I would think that we need to encourage people to not only use such help as
a decoder but to also make the whole process of sending in their log as
simple as possible. After all, these are the true contest operators of
I agree that multi channel decoders have no place in CW SO but I do wonder
if anyone could really post a competitive score using something like the
decode feature of a K3?
Let's not be too quick to throw out the baby with the wash water!
OK, back in my hole,
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club
Brenda, AZ (Winter)
Caldwell, ID (Summer)
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