[CQ-Contest] WSJT-X and Contesting

N4ZR n4zr at comcast.net
Thu Dec 6 08:52:34 EST 2018

Stan, it seems to me that you lost one step in your description - 
decoding/understanding the transmission with your ears and your brain.

To me, that is a "bright line."  At the point where the operator's brain 
no longer has a role, I have lost all competitive interest

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 12/5/2018 1:16 PM, Stanley Zawrotny wrote:
> I hear so many complaints about FT8 being automated. How about this scenario in another mode?
> - I see a post on a DXcluster
> - When I click on it, the callsign is automatically entered into my software.
> - Using rig control, my radio is automatically tuned to the station.
> - I press a key (or click on a macro) and my callsign is sent.
> - I press another key and my response is sent.
> - the contact is automatically entered into my log.
> I operated a complete 24-hour contest once without ever touching the tuning knob or any other radio controls. Rig control and the cluster even the handled band changes. The  entire contest only required a repeated series of four clicks or key presses. Automatic! Very assisted.
> BTW, RTTY doesn’t have to involve seeing only one station as you tune. I have a SDR rig and can see the entire RTTY band all at once and can tune to a station with one mouse click. Should I be operating assisted? I don’t. I operate run or S&P unassisted.
> And I suppose the gentleman who said that someone should holler “stop” thought that same thing when SSB came out replacing AM.
> This is 2018, almost 2019, folks. It’s called “growth.” Get on board or be left behind.
> Stan, K4SBZ
> "Real radio bounces off the sky."
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