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

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Sun Feb 25 16:00:19 EST 2001

At 03:22 PM 2/25/01 -0500, Tom Rauch wrote:
 >Often I just listen in contests. Hearing both ends, it is very plain
 >QSK is not always the issue. Quite often the other person doesn't
 >even wait for the first person to finish!!

My impression is that whatever the reason, losing the first character of a
transmission, whether on transmit or on receive, is a declining problem.  A
few years ago, it seemed to be very common, but during the ARRL CW test I
recall very few people not "getting" my first character, and I missed very
few of theirs.  Not boasting -- I just attribute it to a better average
standard of equipment on both ends of most circuits, and perhaps some
improvement in the quality of ops.

73, Pete N4ZR
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