> The major problem I have been
> having for the past 16 months is the Orion has failure modes when
> driving the Ten Tec Titan 3 in the Orion's Keying Loop. The Orion,
> the last time I tested mine, will run QSK at speeds almost up to 66
> wpm. MY ORION AND MY TITAN 3, WHEN BEING DRIVEN BY THE ORION'S
> KEYING LOOP, AT NORMAL OPERATING SPEEDS, WILL NOT OPERATE FOR MORE
> THAN AN HOUR WITHOUT EITHER THE RCVR GOING OUT, OR THE ORION JUST
> STOP'S OUTPUTTING RF POWER. That is why, for this recent SS CW
> contest, I switched back to my Omni 6 Plus.
Fine. I couldn't really care less what the Orion can or can't do. I think you
should get rid of that thing.
> I don't believe there is a standard definition of QSK.
Yeah, I think that's part of my point. Even some of the replies to this thread
obviously have vastly different ideas of what QSK is. I don't have any use for
QSK above 100 wpm, so the differences between your Corsair/Hercules and your
IC-781/other amp don't mean as much to me as they do to you. I don't begrudge
your wish for this kind of QSK speed.
Oh, and by the way, I don't begrudge the use of QSK in a ragchew. I think I may
be misunderstood on this point. I sometimes question the applicability of all
that QSK power in a normal situation. Duane says 45 wpm, okay, I just timed my
call at 45 wpm and it takes 1.5 seconds. If I can't hear the DX station for 1.5
seconds until I let up, that's not going to kill me, nor do I believe it will
make me a lid. C'mon, get real.
> As far as what I used to be able to do in terms of having a CW rag
> chew at high speeds, I really do not give a damn if you or anyone
> else believes that or not. I did it only because it was a fun and
> slightly different part of this hobby that I still enjoy. Having
> had two strokes, I do not have the ability to run CW over about 80
> wpm any more, either sending it or copying it. I find running
> contest at normal rates of 22 to 30 wpm just as enjoyable as having
> my morning 65 wpm QSO's on 40m. The majority of my QSO's are in the
> 30 wpm range, but when I do find the hams that also enjoy high speed
> CW, up the speed goes. I am also in the process of helping two
> ex-CB'ers to get their code speed up over 10 wpm.
> How can you question the true value of QSK if you don't work CW, Al?
> Don't you think it might be synomonous with VOX on SSB? Or maybe you
> don't even run VOX on SSB? If you run VOX on SSB Al, do you like to
> hear between syllables, or between words, or between sentenances?
Did I say I didn't work CW?
I was the one who specifically debunked the notion that QSK on CW is equivalent
to VOX on SSB. We took a poll here several months back and found out that far
fewer SSB ops prefer to use VOX. The two are not equivalent.
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