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Re: [CQ-Contest] RM11708 and the Future

To: Reflector <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] RM11708 and the Future
From: Ron Kolarik <rkolarik@neb.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:23:04 -0500
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All of the proposed digital modes referenced in the RM have but one purpose, file transfer or email. They rely on having a dedicated channel to function as designed, how are users supposed to spin the big knob when 'their' channel is busy and they want to get their email? They can't spin the knob so the poor guy already there gets hammered until he is forced to move and take a chance on landing on yet another little radio landmine waiting to fire up. The band isn't busy so data should use it? Sorry it's the channel thing again, virtually none of the wider data modes are keyboard to keyboard, can't move, won't move, bug off it's legal. It's not all the wider modes either, some of the <500Hz mailboxes
are a plague on the bands.

The thing about not being able to attract new blood to ham radio because are data rates are antiquated is a bit silly. Why would any kid with the internet in his back pocket care about sending email on HF? It's amateur RADIO, not amateur ISP, Facebook, or Snapchat and you can't play Pokemon GO! on it.....yet. You want new hams it's you'll likely snag more from the makers who are more interested in
the tech than 'push this button for email'.

Finally, "I am fully willing to mix it up and compete", how do you compete with a mode that keeps banging away
on an already occupied frequency until it makes a connection?


On 8/24/2016 8:25 AM, Ward Silver wrote:

That said, setting aside fully half of the available data sub-band for it (and RTTY) is not justified on any number of considerations. Band usage by the different modes should ebb and flow with need, effectiveness, and preference. If there's a big CW contest on, I expect to hear lots of signals up to the edge of the data/RTTY sub-band and beyond. When Bouvet comes on, I suspect the data stations will experience radiation pressure from thousands of CW geezers having fun. Other times, I have no problem with data modes filling up the otherwise unused space and requiring CW operators to tune around the band. I am fully willing to mix it up and compete - that's what we're supposed to be doing according to 97.1.

73, Ward N0AX

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