[CQ-Contest] PTT control SO2R CW (was: Portable contest rigs)

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mts.net
Fri Oct 7 22:21:57 EDT 2005


I guess simplicity is in the eye of the beholder...

My SO2R box is always plugged in to the computer. It's always plugged in to
both radios' mic and headphone jacks.

PTT happens through the LPT to the SO2R to the mic jack. If it's all hooked
up anyway... I'd have to do surgery to the DX Doubler to not have it.

I don't use it when I'm LP and one radio, since I usually use full QSK. But
my amp can't handle QSK, so rather than have the VOX delay either be long
enough to cut off the first couple dits of a response or short enough that
it's dropping out between words, I'd rather use CW PTT since the computer
knows when it's finished and can switch the radio to RX instantly.

I suppose if your control hardware is homebrewed or doesn't have the same
connectivity, CW PTT would be complicated. But to me it's as dead simple as
turning on the radio. And mondo convenient. But as they say, YMMV.

If you use QSK, I'll concede that you won't see the point of CW PTT. But I
don't think I'll ever go back to semi break-in again. It will either be full
break-in or CW PTT.

73, kelly

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Robbins" <w4pa at yahoo.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 7:59 AM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] PTT control SO2R CW (was: Portable contest rigs)

> VR2BG:
> >Not to pour petrol on the fire or anything, but we have folks with
> some
> >connection with vendors that go without CW PTT questioning those
> >who use CW PTT.
> >It is the likes of a SONY that can try to dictate to the consumer
> >electronics market how things should be done - otherwise products
> >tend to be designed so that they can be used like similar products.
> OK, fair enough.
> A Ten-Tec Orion can be used for PTT-operated CW for contesting.
> My personal opinion is that an SO2R CW contest stations built around
> PTT control of station equipment violates the KISS rule and is an
> overall handicap to a serious single op contest operation.
> Scott W4PA
> W4PA 2005-2006 Contest Calendar
> Sept 11:  CW Sprint SOABHP
> Oct 29/30:  CQ WW SSB SOABHP @ VY2ZM as VY2PA
> Nov 5/6: CW SS casual operation SOABHP, home QTH
> Nov 18/19:  SS SSB M/S as K4JNY @ K4JNY.  6 ops.
> Nov 25/26:  CQ WW CW M/2 - PJ2T
> Feb 11: CW Sprint SOABHP
> Feb 18/19: ARRL DX CW - unknown
> Mar 4/5: ARRL DX SSB M/2 - PJ2T (tentative)
> Mar 25/26: WPX SSB M/S as KM9P @ K4JNY
> May 27/28: WPX CW SOABHP as KM9P @ K4JNY
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