[CQ-Contest] Use of CW decoders in contests

Tom Macon tmacon at wi.rr.com
Wed May 26 16:56:49 PDT 2010

We are having a discussion in our club regarding the use of CW decoder 
programs in contests, especially smaller ones like state QSO parties.  I'm 
referring to CW copying programs like CWget or DM780, not Skimmer.  I'm 
looking for some outside input - here are some specific questions on which 
we have differences of opinion.

 - Should the use of CW decoders be disallowed by sponsors, or should there 
be a separate entry category for entrants that use them?

 - Can CW entries that use  a decoder be considered digital entries?

 - Have any contests disallowed CW decoders or put them in a separate entry 

 - If a contest introduced such rules, how might it affect the perception of 
that contest in the contest community?

Any comments appreciated!
 - Tom, K9BTQ

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