[CQ-Contest] Whats happened to DE ???

n6hb at spacemail.com n6hb at spacemail.com
Thu Feb 22 22:22:07 EST 2001

EI8IC [ei8ic at eircom.net] wrote:
 > I had an enjoyable 1440 Q's in the recent ARRL DX CW. A few of you
 > might have wondered why I was sending AGN just after you've called
 > me - the reason was the almost total lack of DE from US operators.
 > This, coupled with a lightening reply, left me missing the first one
 > or two dots/dashes from your call....

Tim - I can't speak for others, but I omit it to keep the rate up. The 
amount of time spent sending DE (.5 second?) over the course of a 48 hour 
contest can be significant. It adds no information and does nothing to 
increase the operator's score.

When the time spent doing callsign fills/repeats exceeds the time that 
would have been spent sending DE (and assuming the AGN was not caused by 
QRM/QRN), then I will change. I don't think it will happen though.

Is there a possibility of converting your equipment to PIN-diode or vacuum 
relay switching? It would solve your problem and add reliability.

-Bob, N6HB

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