[CQ-Contest] Use of CW decoders in contests

Franki ON5ZO on5zo at telenet.be
Thu May 27 00:44:04 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.
> - Tom, K9BTQ

I have a friend who didn't do CW but had a passion for DX and contesting. I 
kept trying to persuade him to try CW_Get to copy CW and answer with PC sent 
It took me a year of constantly bringing up the issue and whining and then 
he finally tried it - and liked it. Two years later he's active in CW 
contesting, worked well over CW DXCC, bought a paddle and I'm sure he can 
ear-copy more CW than he'll know himself.

So the CW decoder has brought one more call into CW contesting and CW DX'ing 
that we can work. All of his QSO's are genuine. Isn't that what it's all 

Final note: my K3 has CW decoding on board, what's the difference?

73 de Franki ON5ZO

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