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!
~73!~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ
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