[CQ-Contest] Optimum Keying Speed

Dale Martin kg5u at hal-pc.org
Thu May 29 07:33:26 EDT 1997

On Tuesday, May 27, 1997 14:42 PM, MarchandJohn[SMTP:jmarchand at ecrm.com] wrote:
>Hi All,
>I've found over the years of contesting, the optimum keying speed for my 
>callsign(s) -K1CGJ, K1RC- is 28-30 wpm., whether running QRP or 
>I wont hesitate to crank it up to 32/34 or faster, for the good-fast 

>I'll crank it down to 5-10 too for the casual or less experienced op. who 
>a helping hand. -I was there once myself, as we all were at one time or 
>John  K1RC

I have noticed the same thing.  However, I get easily
influenced by the big boys I am working and crank it 
up to 34 only to run across a series of stations that
for one reason or another require me to drop to 28. 

If I would just leave it alone on 28 or 30, I think my 
rate would be much better...

I can't tell you the number of times I have run across
stations in SS/Sprint/WPX and found them with really
big numbers (anything bigger than my number is a 
really big number to me) and they are ambling along 
at 22-25 wpm..and they don't even speed up for 
stations sending >30...fascinating...how do they do that? 


Dale Martin, KG5U
kg5u at hal-pc.org

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