[CQ-Contest] FT4 - Robotic Contesting

David Gilbert xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Thu May 2 03:52:17 EDT 2019

I don't have a dog in this fight, but as an observer your argument seems 
pretty fallacious to me.  If somebody managed to come up with a RTTY 
decoder that was much more effective at decoding I sincerely doubt you'd 
be campaigning against it.  Even so, the basic difference comes down to 
S/N ratio and bandwidth ... RTTY is pretty solid given strength and space.

It seems to me that there are more rational arguments against mixing the 
modes than RTTY being a less effective medium, or that it allows chatter 
outside the points exchange.

Dave   AB7E

On 5/1/2019 6:25 PM, john at kk9a.com wrote:
> I agree, please keep FT? contests separate from RTTY. Unlike FT?, RTTY
> decoders are not perfect. To do well a RTTY operator needs to quickly look
> at multiple decoders to determine what the callsign and report most likely
> are. There is nothing automatic and there are no set TX/RX times so every
> operator can be as efficient as they choose. It is easy to send a quick
> hello to your friends during the QSO, just like on CW and SSB.
> John KK9A

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