[CQ-Contest] Skimmer - Proposal & Compromise

Paul O'Kane pokane at ei5di.com
Wed Jun 4 19:19:23 EDT 2008

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sherman Banks" <w4atl at shermanbanks.net>

> So as I understand it a computer can encode CW but
> is banned from decoding it.

Yes - precisely.   How CW is sent is immaterial so long
as it is decoded by ear.

As Ward N0AX said -
   "Dealing with automated reception differently than
   automated transmission is appropriate because only
   reception can initiate a QSO; whether in response
   to a solicitation (CQ) or from tuning to a solicitation
   (S&P).  Reception is qualitatively different in this
   regard than transmission."

And ..
   "You can cast the lure as much as you want, but if no
   fish bites, you have not caught a fish.  There must
   be a reception event to trigger the process by which
   a QSO is conducted.  Both reception and transmission
   are necessary, but neither is sufficient.  Transmission
   events soliciting QSOs typically outnumber reception
   events many-to-one. (Which key on your keyboard is the
   most worn - F1 or Insert?)  Thus, reception is the
   critical element in allowing the transaction to proceed."

Paul EI5DI 

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