[CQ-Contest] CW Speed..

Joe nss at mwt.net
Mon Dec 10 10:08:31 EST 2018

I will never ever understand some OP's.

In this past weekends 10 meter contest. Most times signals were very 
weak, often fluttery like being over the pole etc.

YET! I would hear countless guys going forever at like 40+ WPM.

I can do 40+ WPM I have the ARRL Certificate to prove it. But when it is 
all fluttery, and weak as an EME signal, hello, 40+ WPM doesn't cut it. 
I had countless times where I had to listen to one station for a few 
minutes to try to make sure I got his call correct, still on many just 
said screw them, and turned the big knob.

Yet there was one guy (I had worked everyone I could hear, so was taking 
a break for lunch) I listened to him rattle off at 40+ wpm with not a 
single QSO. I hear several try to work him, and keep asking for repeats, 
but he never slowed down at all and the people like me would just tune away.

I can fully understand when the band is wide open and you have countless 
people calling you, to run fast, but when you have gone for more than 30 
minutes with only partial contacts made ever thing of dropping to 20 or 
even less?

Myself when things got slow contact wise I often go way to the top of 
the activity in the band and go really slow! I mean like 10 WPM or even 
less sometimes, you would not believe how many new comers are sooo 
grateful that I did.


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