[CQ-Contest] WPX CW Signal Quality Concerns

Jeff Blaine KeepWalking188 at ac0c.com
Mon Jun 8 10:59:22 EDT 2020

Don't stop there Jim, maybe you could provide a supplemental list that 
specifically calls out the rigs that are acceptable in this respect.  
And perhaps your objective metric that provides the dividing line 
between good and bad.

So far, you state the FT2K as belonging in the "bad" (replace) category, 
and from prior statements on the topic, the K3 falls in the "good" 
category.  Lot of other radios out there needing your judgement and 
owners needing your advice.


On 6/8/20 1:35 AM, Jim Brown wrote:
> On 6/7/2020 1:12 PM, Jeff Blaine wrote:
>> My first mentor WB0SSB Larry told me to never insult another man's 
>> radio.  Even if it's junk by my view, and even if 99 out of 100 other 
>> hams would say it's junk. 
> Who insulted? Not me. Who said junk? Not me. It is, however, a fact 
> that radios that key that fast transmit clicks. I can't change that. 
> When I'm doing something that affects others badly I hope that friends 
> will tell me about it! A lot of what I've learned about life is the 
> result of this.
>> So if you really feel strongly about this, then feel free to start 
>> writing checks for new radios Jim. 
> It's not my responsibility to make other people's buying decisions, 
> for them, but I've been working and publishing for seven years about 
> this. ARRL Labs deserve a lot of credit for cooperating with me on the 
> report I wrote in 2014. It's unfortunate that their concerns for clean 
> radios didn't make it to the write-ups for the products that they review.
> More to the point -- from his signature, we see that W7VO is an ARRL 
> Director. When I made the statement that you object to, I wanted to 
> drive the point home that these issues have monetary consequences, in 
> hopes that he will carry that point into the Board's discussions of 
> the issue. I hope that you and others will that point to their 
> directors as well.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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