[CQ-Contest] Use of CW decoders in contests - a contrarian opinion

Ralph Bellas k9zo at hotmail.com
Sun May 30 05:52:14 PDT 2010

I don't spend much time on RTTY, but can copy my call on RTTY.  Seems just like CW at 60 WPM with some extra noise.  Seems that if humans can copy speach they should be able to copy something similar.

> Date: Sun, 30 May 2010 06:47:24 -0400
> From: david at levinecentral.com
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Use of CW decoders in contests - a contrarian	opinion
> Steve,
> If I compare the use of the CW decoder with a RTTY contest, we are using the
> same exact software to make the same exact contacts, just with a different
> mode. I guess the only difference in a RTTY contest is everyone is using a
> decoder unless someone can copy RTTY in their heads.
> We don't enter RTTY contests as assisted just for using a program to decode
> to transmission. But like you, I have so far entered all CW contests as
> Single Op Low Power Assisted.
> K2DSL - David
> On Sun, May 30, 2010 at 12:23 AM, Steve Hanlon <asciibaron at verizon.net>wrote:
> > On 5/29/2010 17:20, Ed Muns wrote:
> > > Again, the key issue is about the operator skill to tune around and find
> > > stations to work in the Single-Op Unassisted category.  That's why CW
> > > decoders of a single frequency that the operator has tuned, is OK.  By
> > > comparison, it is not OK to use spotting capability or Skimmers that
> > decode
> > > all frequencies on the band to effectively do the tuning for the
> > operator.
> > >
> > >
> > as a contester who relies on the CW decoder for my score, i feel it is
> > assisting me in a more meaningful way than the CAT or computer generated
> > code.  i know how to tune the VFO, i know how to send CW, what i can't
> > do is copy contest CW.  without the decoder i could not make a contact.
> > without the decoder my station stays off the air.
> >
> > that is a critical difference and why i enter as assisted in CW contests
> > - the decoder is helping me do something i simply am not capable of
> > doing right now.  i want to get to the point the decoder is no longer
> > required for me to work CW contests.
> >
> > -Steve, WM3O
> >
> >
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