Thank you, Scott. I’m not a CW contester (I prefer phone and RTTY contests)
mostly because I have a 15 wpm ear, and my decoding software doesn’t do well on
30+ wpm. I decided to give this contest a try because I was lured in by the
idea of logging new DXCCs (I got one new one with PS0F) on CW. My rate was
horrible because I had to listen to stations multiple passes to make sure I got
their call and exchange right before I’d call them. There were so many that
were loud, but blazing fast—so much so that I couldn’t make heads or tails of
it, so I just spun the dial. That’s a missed Q for both of us. I wonder how
many points were left on the table by those stations because us “casual
contesters” just moved along? Perhaps it wasn’t a significant amount, but I
believe that contests thrive when casual contesters and passers-by jump into
the mix. Otherwise all the powerhouses would have all worked each other in the
first 12 hours of the contest, and would then have nobody left to log....so,
why not facilitate those Qs and QRS when you hear someone call you at 15 or 20
wpm? Just my neophyte thought....
> On Nov 28, 2017, at 11:10, K9MA <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I completely fail to understand why so many operators insist on calling CQ at
> 45 wpm, when no one is coming back. (There were lots of them last weekend,
> especially from zone 33.) This seem entirely counterproductive. Not only
> does it discourage operators who aren't comfortable at that speed, but it
> also makes the call impossible to copy under some conditions for even the
> best operators. Isn't a slow QSO better than no QSO?
> Scott K9MA
>> On 11/28/2017 10:10, Ria Jairam wrote:
>> I received comments from some of my friends that they didn't want to
>> wade in because it would be like driving a unicycle on an interstate.
>> There were some doing 40-50WPM... not that there is anything wrong
>> with speed, but sometimes who want to casually participate and "give
>> out points" get scared away.
>> I did a steady 30WPM and QRS as necessary.
>> Something to keep in mind.
>> That said I worked several straight keys, tons of bugs, and a good bit
>> of QLF. All in the fun.
>> Ria, N2RJ
>>> On Sat, Nov 25, 2017 at 10:11 PM, Charles Harpole <email@example.com> wrote:
>>> You have slow CW? My solution:
>>> K3 set at 400 bandwidth. P3 panadapter and large monitor. Start at bottom
>>> of band and tune center of slim visual pip. K3, spots, and your head
>>> confirm callers' letters.
>>> Push programmed send..... send your call sign.
>>> Learned my own call at high speed, so I read mine.
>>> Read screen to confirm his info, even with cut numbers, including an E for
>>> 5 in 5NN, moan.
>>> Push button to send ur info.
>>> Log 'em.
>>> Tune 500cycles up and work next loud sig.
>>> A killer solution to slow copying speed. S&P produces about 1 to 2 per
>>> minute, so dive in and enjoy 30+ wpm!
>>> Charly, HS0ZCW
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