[CQ-Contest] NAQP CW Op Name - Je suis Charlie

Martin Monsalvo monsalvo at gmail.com
Tue Jan 13 12:19:00 EST 2015

No doubt  those  replying with NIL and "73 sorry" could not copy what you
were sending.
Sometimes , the same thing happens when you ask PSE QSY 28130? -or any
other freq-, either a long silence or a request to repeat what you have
just transmitted follows.
There are more CW contesters than you think who are able to copy callsigns
at 35-40  WPM, but when it comes down to conversational CW, they can barely
copy up to 20 WPM.


Martin, LU5DX

IMHO: Conversational CW is really necessary to improve CW rx capabilities.
El 13/01/2015 11:58, <w5gn at mxg.com> escribió:

> I had planned to wait until after the contest deadline to share this
> experience with you but now that it's been well publicized, there is no
> reason to wait.
> Contest weekend was superb.  This was the ten-hour North American QSO
> Party, in which the exchange is your NAME and STATE/PROVINCE/COUNTRY,
> limited to 100 watts (which is really well obeyed in this one contest!!).
> You can pick your name - one Mexican is always LOCO - and frequently, hams
> will all use the name of a "SK" - "Silent Key" in memory, and this time
> there were over 50 stations using CARL, for a good friend, Carl Cook, who
> died a week or so ago.
> First of all, that's LONG compared to BOB/JIM etc  (but I can remember our
> son Nathaniel Lee's early papers with his NATHAN across the top and the I E
> L going down the side of the page).
> So I didn't "RUN" and call CQ (since then a nice guy calling to give ME a
> point would have the unexpected challenge of that long and
> maybe-not-recognizable-when-you-are-writing-it-down-a-letter-at-a-time.
> Instead, I  "Search and Pounced" (NO INTERNET SPOTTING IN THIS CONTEST)
> tuning to find a station that was calling CQ, but I'd also listen to see if
> he had a "pileup" of callers, and I waited until he had at least two
> unanswered CQs before making  my call.  I'd also note how fast he was
> sending, and set my CW speed to match his.
> Most fun, were the hot-hots sending at 40 wpm (which is about as fast as
> 99% can copy), who are supposed to be able to COPY EXACTLY WHAT WAS SENT
> for the name, and who couldn't handle the 13 characters at their own speed,
> who'd come back with "??"
> so I'd drop the speed by 9 wpm and resend, and they'd still not get it, so
> I sent a stored message at only 18 wpm with a full space between each
> letter, and a dozen hot-shots still needed a third or fourth repeat.
> As a group, the most accurate were the VERY SLOW CQ'ers, sending at 12-15
> wpm.  When I sent the spaced name at that same speed, almost everyone had
> the name on the first transmission! At that speed mentally you still are
> sending letters rather than words and the slow users are thus expecting to
> hear letters and not words and thus that they didn't know JE SUIS is French
> didn't confuse them.
> I had two fast stations reply "NIL" - Not In Log - when I sent the name -
> my presumption is they did copy and didn't like the message or length, and
> one station did say the name was too long.
> I had another five or six that tried several times, but who politely gave
> up with a 73 SORRY (I think signal rather than CW was the problem), and
> there were a handful that just QSY'd from their RUN frequency without a
> reply after I sent the exchange a couple of times.
> BUT::: I had 50 out of 350 QSOs who made specific responses, including
> and similar expressions.
> In case you didn't know Merrill comes from the French merle for the Black
> Birds that were common to the area near the Swiss border from whence they
> came, until the St. Bartholomew Day's Massacre in 1582 (Catholics killing
> Huguenots) drove them from France to England until 1630 when Nathaniel came
> to Newburyport, MA, in 1630.
> 73
> Barry Merrill, W5GN
> After the contest, I looked into the issue of the Cabrillo Format for the
> The Cabrillo format does NOT specify if fields are fixed length or not,
> but the template for the
> NAQP does show 10 positions for NAME, although there is NO statement in
> the RULES of the maximum
> NAME length).
> However, the NAQP robot (and perhaps other or all robots) actually treat
> the Cabrillo data as
> variable length fields, delimited by a space, so I think it depends
> totally on your logging
> program's choice as to how many characters of what you entered for NAME is
> output in the
> Cabrillo file.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
> Fred Kleber
> Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 11:16 AM
> To: CQ-Contest at contesting.com
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] NAQP CW Op Name - Je suis Charlie
> In the recent NAQP contest, there was a station who used 'JESUISCHARLIE'
> for his name.  This name is too long to fit in the standard Cabrillo field
> for operator name.  I submitted my log with what I copied for a name, even
> though it makes the QSO line longer than permitted by Cabrillo format.  Any
> idea how the contest organizers will score this?  KL9A - Are you on the
> reflector?
> 73,
> Fred, NP2X
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