[CQ-Contest] Use of CW decoders in contests

Lee Buller k0wa at swbell.net
Thu May 27 09:50:39 PDT 2010

I use a CW decoder 100 percent of the time.  It is a program called "MyBrain"  All I have to do is run mybrain.exe and it is off an running.  The input is the Left and Right Ear Port - and the out put is the Left and Right Digits Extension which house the phalanges.  Works for me

Lee K0WA  :>)

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From: Tom Macon <tmacon at wi.rr.com>
To: CQ Contesting Reflector <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Wed, May 26, 2010 6:56:49 PM
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 

- 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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