On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 1:40 PM, KU7Y <email@example.com> wrote:
> 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'd like to think I resemble that remark. :)
Last year's WPX was the first CW test I ever attempted...9 days after
my first CW QSO. I did use a CW decoder...and I submitted my log as
an assisted entry as a result.
Note that I'm not trying to say that CW decoders should be verboten --
I'm not that much of a hypocrite. I'm just suggesting that they are
"assistance", and that's OK.
Michael D. Adams (AB1OD)
Poquonock, Connecticut | firstname.lastname@example.org
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