[CQ-Contest] Use of CW decoders in contests

Thu May 27 04:00:47 PDT 2010

If they did that I wouldn't operate as much cw in contests.

Also, don't put skimmer in a totally separate class, when used on the radio
audio output it is an excellent decoder and no different than cwget or other
audio decoders.  Its only when its put on an sdr or radio IF stage that lets
it decode a whole band that it provides unique capabilities.

David Robbins K1TTT
e-mail: mailto:k1ttt at arrl.net
web: http://www.k1ttt.net
AR-Cluster node: 145.69MHz or telnet://dxc.k1ttt.net

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Macon [mailto:tmacon at wi.rr.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 23:57
> To: CQ Contesting Reflector
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Use of CW decoders in contests
> 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
> category?
>  - 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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