Why park on the band edge?
Keith Morehouse - W9RM
blckhole at ripco.com
Mon Nov 11 11:19:51 EST 1996
Bill Turner wrote:
> Can someone explain why anyone would want to operate on the lower band
> edge in a phone contest?
Nobody can squeeze in below to QRM you...
Although I've pushed it down to .202 on 15 meters and STILL had guys get
in there below me - jeeze...crummy east coasters !
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>From aa4lr at radio.org (Bill Coleman AA4LR) Mon Nov 11 16:40:40 1996
From: aa4lr at radio.org (Bill Coleman AA4LR) (Bill Coleman AA4LR)
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 96 12:40:40 -0400
Subject: Auto-speed CW
Message-ID: <961011123831.MAA24456 at gate.iterated.com>
>From: Greg Becker, na2n at ifam.com
>> Or this - "Should I get on and work some guys in the contest? They
>> are sending so fast. Let me call one, WOW! he QRSed to my speed the
>> first time! I don't have to feel bad about asking him to repeat his
>> exchange and take up his time. This is fun! Let me see who else
>> I can work".
>Hmmm... seems to me that a simpler, less-subject-to-controversy
>solution would be what I learned to do:
>- CQ at a speed (eg. 30 wpm) that most everyone can get your call after
>a time or two. With all these wonderful "new" 1x2s, this shouldn't be
I think this is part of the problem. You are assuming that neophyte
contesters can "get" a call sent at 30 wpm. I'm here to tell you this is
incorrect. Getting the callsign of a fast CW station is probably the
hardest part for a slow CW op. The exchange is slightly more predictable.
The callsign could be just about anything.
>IMHO, the time
>by slowing down for a few dozen Qs will far overbalance the time lost by
>numerous repeats and contacts never made because "he was just sending
Let's apply this principle further. While there may be time lost in
slowing down, you have to weight that against the time spent CQing
unproductively at 20-30 wpm or more. Perhaps the entire solution is just
to slow down below 20 wpm when things start to get slow. That should
entice a new "layer" of operator.
I think Tree's idea is interesting, but I don't know if it helps.
Realistically, as a slow-poke CW op, if I hear someone clipping along
with a CQ at 40+ wpm, I just skip them. How am I to know he'll slow down
to my speed? I'll have enough trouble copying his call.
Further, if I think someone is going too fast for me to copy the
exchange, I'll send AA4LR QRS. That just about always works. Sometimes
I'm wrong, and I get bulluxed up copying the exchange and have to ask for
QRS after the first try. (Happened once this SS) Most of the time, I
don't have to even ask for QRS. If a fast op hears me calling at 18 wpm
(the fastest speed I can accurately send with my paddles), they usually
slow down a bit anyway.
Now, I'm not intimidated by high-speed CW (I just can't copy it) -- but
think how the more casual operator must feel. The trick is to get someone
to stick to CW contesting long enough to get proficient in CW.
As for SS, I did find some slow-speed ops at the high end of 40m who were
going TOO slow for ME to feel comfortable. So, there was slow-speed stuff
to be had.
Bill Coleman, AA4LR Mail: aa4lr at radio.org
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