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Subject: Topband: Zero Beat
From: Eddy Swynar <>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2011 10:01:03 -0500
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Hi All,

Well, for the life of me, I don't understand why anyone would get their shorts 
in a such knots over the issue of zero beating...

The big advantage of CW over other modes that's been touted for years & years 
is its reduced bandwidth: if both stations are exactly on the same frequency, 
the integrity of this narrow bandwidth is intact---if the two stations diverge 
in frequency, final overall bandwidth is increased by that amount. More 
bandwidth = less spectrum space = more crowding. Period.

I ran strings of QSOs on one frequency during the garnering of my 460 contacts 
over the weekend, and yes, I agree, some stations were all over the place 
within---and outside of---my 250-Hz passband. But so what of it? That's why we 
have R.I.T.,  and why it's important to take an extra second, or two, to 
listen---and to tune around---between CQ TEST calls.

Just my $0.02 worth...and I suspect that, despite all of the nay-saying, 
everyone must have derived some modicum of enjoyment out of the event, 
otherwise a few of us would be complaining about the poor adhesive quality of 
the hinges we recently acquired to mount our stamps into our collection books!

'Nuff said.

~73!~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ

UR RST IS ... ... ..9 QSB QSB - hw? BK

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