[CQ-Contest] CW Speed..

Mike Smith VE9AA ve9aa at nbnet.nb.ca
Mon Dec 10 12:07:52 EST 2018



I made the majority of my QSO's this weekend via Meteor Scatter (or Meteor
Scatter assisted into another mode, like TEP/F2/ Ionoscatter,etc.)


We go ffffast to take advantage of those fleeting *moments* when meteors
enhance the E - layer.


If I went 10wpm, the Q would never be finished.


Simple as that.


Now you know.


Your welcome.


Mike VE9AA



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


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. 





Mike, Coreen & Corey

Keswick Ridge, NB


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