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, Connecticutfirstname.lastname@example.org
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