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Re: [RTTY] PSK31 is faster (Was FD RTTY Question)

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Subject: Re: [RTTY] PSK31 is faster (Was FD RTTY Question)
From: aflowers@frontiernet.net
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 20:47:47 +0000 (UTC)
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>>This issue has been debated for years. For contesting, especially for 
DX QSOs where PSK falls flat, 45* baud 170 Hz shift RTTY seems to be the
contester's favorite, at least so far. 


I'm not arguing that PSK31 has more "contest utility" than RTTY.  As for 
all-purpose digital-mode contesting in all conditions, there are sound 
arguements for FSK over PSK on the HF channels we as contesters are interested 
in.  I'll gladly concur with what's most of what's been said on the subject and 
you and I will be on the same side of that debate.

The original complaint, as I understood it, was the PSK31 was slow in FD.  That 
made it much less fun for experienced RTTY operators who are used to the faster 
exchanges available with RTTY software integrations.  People have different 
definitions of "fun", but most people stop operating when the fun stops.  
Therefore, if people are going to be doing short exchanges in PSK31, as they 
surely will do in next year's ARRL FD, DXpeditions to southeast Asia, and PSK31 
contests, the things that I have identified are going to decrease the fun for 
some people have.  Someone may care enough to change that in the software, but 
if not, so be it.  You and me may have no particular interest in operating a 
PSK31 contest, but maybe someday I'll give it a go.  If and when I do I'd like 
to have as much fun as possible, and wearing out my escape key to cut off an 
unnecessary squelch tail doesn't sound like fun.

As has been pointed out by others in this thread, Baudot is hardly an efficient 
code for contest exchanges.  I find it to be a bit-bucket of fun, however.

Andy K0SM/2
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