[CQ-Contest] WSJT-X and contesting

Dave Hachadorian k6ll.dave at gmail.com
Mon Dec 3 17:11:26 EST 2018

I consider myself a mainstream contester, and made 776 QSO's in Last weekend's FT8 Roundup.  Believe me, it is not a matter of Robots doing battle with each other.  I did SO2R, and there sure was a lot of human intervention required – plenty of mouse-clicking to keep RTTY enthusiasts busy!

Dave Hachadorian, K6LL
Yuma, AZ

-----Original Message----- 
From: Wayne, W5XD 
Sent: Monday, December 3, 2018 11:22 AM 
To: cq-contest at contesting.com 
Subject: [CQ-Contest] WSJT-X and contesting 

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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