[CQ-Contest] Voice Keyers

Dennis Vernacchia dennisv at qualcomm.com
Wed Apr 7 01:39:27 EDT 1999

	I agree, just used for mostly CQing in lean times so
you'll have a voice left on Monday after the contest is
the DVP's greatest utilitarian value.
	I will sometimes also use the
"QSL QRZ NR6R" if it's a late contest run and my
voice is weak, otherwise just for CQs is fine.

	Yes, voice/tonal inflection is a great controller
and one can just say their callsign ONLY in the right way and
and thereceiving stations will understand it as 
QSL and I'm ready for the next guy !

73, Dennis N6KI/NR6R

 At 11:44 PM 4/7/99 +0100, Robert Kaufmann wrote:
>I've been monitoring the Ct-User mail regarding Digital Voice Keyers. As
>who enjoys phone contests, I'm interested in the contesting community
>to the following opinion.
>Voice keyers seem to me to be an excellent addition to the contesters
>However, I often find that when things get really hectic and rates start to
>climb, they can
>become more of a liability than an asset. By that I mean that tonal
>inflection and speed of
>response are very important in pileup control. Voice keyers do not have the
>ability to
>vary speed very easily and  they don't accent a letter very well when
>necessary . ( They
>also don't have the ability to say: the alpha bravo- stand by,  delta bravo
>I have a K1EA type card and do not use the alphanumeric generator because it
>sounds too
>mechanical. Sometimes I also get the feeling that people get turned off by
>working a
>machine rather than a live person. This is especially true in SS ( my
>favorite test) when
>snagging the casual op is very important.
>I'm interested to know if any of the more successful phone ops use it for
>than as a CQ machine. Its great for that. My feeling is that if I've got to
>copy the call
>and acknowledge it, I'm halfway there anyway. I might as well say "W1ABC QSL
>Rob Kaufmann VE4GV
>rkaufman at videon.wave.ca
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