[CQ-Contest] WSJT-X and contesting

Paul O'Kane pokane at ei5di.com
Mon Dec 3 15:48:53 EST 2018

This is not just a contesting issue. It seems to me that the distinguishing
feature of ham radio is HOW we choose to communicate with one another - the
hard way, for its own sake.  When ham radio evolves or adapts into automated
(or semi-automated) communications, I say it has evolved or adapted into
something else entirely.

The difficulty we face now is that, in its unthinking wisdom (I'm being kind
here), the ARRL has promoted these data modes (and there's a new one every
couple of months) as the golden ticket for today's youngsters to enjoy ham

Someone should shout "Stop".

Paul EI5DI

On 03/12/2018 18:22, Wayne, W5XD wrote:
> Fellow contesters,
> ARRL has added WSJT-X as an allowable mode for next month's RTTY Round
> Up. I am daring to speak from ignorance (I have yet to make a single FT8
> QSO) but will ask anyway whether this is a "good idea."
> There is a place for building robots to do battle with each other. I
> have attended the Robotics competition once since they moved it to
> Houston a couple of years ago. Here a reference:
> https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc It is very exciting to watch,
> and its clear it appeals to young people in a way that ham radio
> contesting has not.
> But I ask the question of whether WSJT-X really fits into the current
> definition of radio contesting? And does it fit so well that it ought to
> be directly incorporated as an equivalent to RTTY into an existing
> contest like Round Up? I have to, again, admit up front that the faces
> in that firstinspired URL are all about 50 years younger than the faces
> at my local radio contesting club and maybe that, over the long run, is
> the only argument that counts.
> But, even as a geeky, introverted nerd, I have to counter that
> contesting has a social aspect that appears missing when we all build
> our robots to compete with each other and wake up at the end of the
> weekend to see who won (or have I completely misunderstood FT8?) I still
> like hearing the old calls year after year, and sadly missing the ones
> that don't show up anymore.
> Wayne, W5XD
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