[CQ-Contest] CW Speed..

Mats Strandberg sm6lrr at gmail.com
Mon Dec 10 11:21:42 EST 2018


In general I agree with you, but my experience from 10 meters, when band in
general is ”dead”, and only various types of “scatter” propagation
(Tropo/Meteor/Airplane) or whatever exist, then QRQ can be the difference
of getting a full call or a test message - or not getting it.

Bursts can be VERY short, and sharp borders between readability or no
readability. 10 WPM under such extreme conditions is way too slow...

At least this is the type of 10 m conditions we have where I live, mainly
during late evenings, night or early mornings.

73 de RM2D, Mats

On Mon, 10 Dec 2018 at 18:33, Joe <nss at mwt.net> wrote:

> 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.
> Joe WB9SBD
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