[CQ-Contest] To B or not to B (was VY2TT log checking)

Ktfrog007 at aol.com Ktfrog007 at aol.com
Wed Oct 12 05:56:35 PDT 2011

Besides straight-forward CW copying difficulties, wishful thinking can  
also be involved.  I get a lot of people transmogrifying my call, AB1J,  into 
A61J.  Happens all the time, twice out of 3 QSOs last night on 40  with weak 
signals and QRN.  I don't send a "6" and in contests the computer  is 
sending a "B" perfectly.  It's just that if someone can't figure it out,  they'd 
rather work A61J than AB1J.  I am in the SCP file with AB1J, if  anyone wants 
to try it both ways when they enter my call.  
Sometimes I slow down the "B" slightly in the N1MM macro ( A>B<1J ),  one 
notch, just to give a little assistance.  That does seem to help.
Interestingly, this was never a problem from the time I got my call in 1978 
 until the late 1990s when A6 stations became quite active.  The first  
prominent one was A61AJ and following that I got a lot of A61AJ replies.   Now 
it's just settled down to A61J.
A61J is an assigned call and maybe he gets a lot  of unexplained QSLs.  He 
is not in the MASTER.DTA SCP file.
Kermit, AB1J
In a message dated 10/12/2011 12:38:00 A.M. GMT Standard Time,  
CollinG at navcanada.ca writes:

Your  comment on issues copying some letters i.e. S and H, D and B, etc is  
interesting. I have always had a knack when it came CW but when busy and 
tired  and the CW speed is pushing my upper bounds I too have occasional 
difficulty  with (S and H), (B and 6) but not (H and 5), or (D and B); 
everybody's hearing  is a bit different. 

Cheers, Graham  ve3gtc

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