[CQ-Contest] Why?

Radio K0HB kzerohb at gmail.com
Sun Jan 4 11:37:07 EST 2015


If we must use only the most "modern" communications modes, then voice contesting should be immediately discontinued.  Voices have been around for perhaps a million years or more.  

Come to think of it, digital isn't so new either.  I see monkeys in the zoo pointing at things and poking each other with their digits as a form of communications.

Sometimes they augment that digital form of communications by voicing various squeaks, grunts, and chattering.  Guess you could say that "digital voice" is a very old and primitive method of communications, and we shouldn't consider further experimentation in that mode.

73, de Hans, K0HB/K7

"Just a boy and his Radio"™

On Sun, Jan 4, 2015 at 8:29 AM, Hank Greeb <n8xx at arrl.org> wrote:

> Why is the RTTY Roundup so named?
> If I read the rules, all digital modes should have equal standing, i.e., 
> RTTY (200 Hz or so wide), PSK-31 (30 Hz), BPSK-63 (about 70 Hz), etc.
> Should it not be called the Digital Modes Roundup?
> And, with BPSK being about 67% better than 45 baud RTTY in spectrum 
> efficiency, why does the ARRL promote RTTY rather than a more efficient 
> mode such as BPSK-63?
> Yes, I know I've heard that PSK-31 operating is like watching paint dry, 
> but folks tell me that BPSK-63 is as rapid as 45 baud baudot. So, why 
> does the contesting community stick with an early 1900's mode, rather 
> than adopting a more spectrum efficient mode?
> If it's because of habit, why aren't we all using sp*rk gap transmitters 
> and coherer detectors?
> Just a few questions which came to mind as I was reading the rules for 
> the RTTY roundup.
> 72/73 de n8xx Hg
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