[CQ-Contest] WPX CW Signal Quality Concerns

donovanf at starpower.net donovanf at starpower.net
Sat Jun 6 15:14:56 EDT 2020

Hi Rob, 

As far as I'm aware, ARRL is completely silent when it comes to 
excessive bandwidth signals by participants in their contests. 

CQWW contest directors talk a good game, but its not clear that they 
actually enforce their excessive bandwidth rules. Perhaps they do... 

For example, from the CQWW DX and WPX contest rules: 

5. Signals with excessive bandwidth (e.g., splatter, clicks) or harmonics on other bands 


----- Original Message -----

From: "Rob Sherwood." <rob at nc0b.com> 
To: donovanf at starpower.net 
Sent: Saturday, June 6, 2020 6:58:23 PM 
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WPX CW Signal Quality Concerns 

Hi Frank, 

I had no idea contest directors paid attention to any signal quality issues. 


Sent from my iPad 

On Jun 6, 2020, at 12:37 PM, "donovanf at starpower.net" <donovanf at starpower.net> wrote: 


That's an excellent step forward Bud. There's no excuse for intentional 
key clicks but that's exactly the place where the Japanese manufacturers 
have intentionally put us in 2020. 

The current generation of Japanese transceivers are making key click 
problems much worse than before. Our only hope is that contest 
sponsors improve their rules and enforce them against contesters 
taking advantage of the fast CW rise time menu options in their radios. 

Manufacturers are completely irresponsible with their 4 millisecond 
default CW rise times and egregiously irresponsible with menus 
options that allow users to select 1 and 2 millisecond rise times. 

Kenwood and Yaesu provide completely unacceptable 1 and 2 
millisecond rise time menu options and Icom is almost as bad with 
their 2 millisecond menu option. 

Why are ARRL and the U.S. distributors not communicating with our 
Japanese equipment manufacturers about the problems they're causing 
and enabling? 


----- Original Message -----

From: "cqwpx director" <cqwpx.director at gmail.com> 
To: cq-contest at contesting.com 
Sent: Saturday, June 6, 2020 4:58:15 PM 
Subject: [CQ-Contest] WPX CW Signal Quality Concerns 

I have received two (2) actionable complaints of signal quality issues 
during WPX CW, which are both under review. 

We will investigate additional signal quality concerns. Please provide the 
call to be reviewed, along with the date, time and band of the observed 
signal quality issue. 


Bud Trench, AA3B 

Director, CQ WPX Contest 

web: <https://cqwpx.com> https://cqwpx.com 

email: <mailto:director at cqwpx.com> director at cqwpx.com 

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