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Re: [CQ-Contest] Assisted or not assisted question

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Assisted or not assisted question
From: "Yannick DEVOS (XV4Y)" <yannick.devos@online.fr>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2012 20:23:30 +0700
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Michael, Vladimir,

Vladimir, I agree with the 3 points you gave in your e-mail.
Michael, I am in the same situation than you.
I started CW in march last month and tried a few contests in august.
I found that :
- the usage of cut-numbers made me lost in the first contest and operating 
badly in the other ones
- I was not good for decoding serials at 15 wpm or more with good accuracy.

I also think using a decoder is assisted, however my choice was not to use one.
I preferred to limit my participation to "quiet bands" (80m and 10m) were XV is 
still rare and the other operators were more forgiving.
I also decided I needed to improve my CW skills before going more serious in CW 
There I am, good for DX at up to 20wpm (but don't ask me too much) and I should 
be good for contest at 15-17wpm, just I don't have time for contest!

Yannick DEVOS - XV4Y

> 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?|?mda@ab1od.org
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