[CQ-Contest] Revised 2011 NAQP Rules

David Robbins k1ttt at verizon.net
Wed Jan 5 09:34:32 PST 2011

out of probably a few hundred guest ops here over the years i have had two totally blind ops (and a couple others who had to put their nose to the screen just about to see it) one deaf one, several who only had hearing in one ear (so2r challenged?), and a few more who's headphones had to be turned up so far that i could hear them easily across the room.

we could have fun with this one... what about the guys with only one good ear?  are they allowed to use a code reader on the second so2r radio?  or both so they can switch back and forth like an unchallenged op can??  

Jan 5, 2011 12:02:59 PM, rex at lint.mv.com wrote:


"So how many of them are there - really?" 

Nearly 10,000,000 persons are hard of hearing and close to 1,000,000 are
functionally deaf. More than half of all persons with hearing loss or
deafness are 65 years or older. That means 1/30 are hard of hearing (or
worse) and 1/330 are deaf.

If the approximate number of hams in the US is 600K, it's possible that 20K
of them are hard of hearing and 2K of them are deaf.

"who are these guys?" 

When I was VP of the Stanford Amateur Radio Club in the 60's, an elmer of
mine was Bib Wightbrecht, W6MRM. He worked for SRI and was deaf as a stone;
his speech was tough to understand too. We'd talk on the phone using CW -
he had a scope that would let him read CW. We worked together to get the
club station, W6YX, on RTTY. Bob went on to use that technology on the
telephone system and is credited with inventing TTY as used by deaf people.

Let's give 'em a break. 


Rex Lint, Consultant
26 Brek Drive
Merrimack, NH 03054
     PH: 603-860-7651    

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K1TTT said: "If it says by ear, they won't use waterfalls or lights or
vibrators.... they just won't participate, and I think we do want everyone
to participate."

Of course everyone wants everyone to participate.

That said - who are these guys who need to use these non-standard decoding
methods, and how many of them are there - really? Is there really anyone
who wants to operate CW NAQP who fits this category, or is this an imaginary

I'd hate to see us all getting "wrapped around the axle" (I always like that
one in meetings) for no real reason.


Bob W5OV
(no longer a corporate meeting attender)

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