[CQ-Contest] Are you kidding me (AC0C comments)

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Mon Nov 23 09:50:20 EST 2020

There are non-assisted categories in CQWW RTTY so using a RTTY decoder  
should be excluded from the QSO alerting definition.

The WPX RTTY rules are still different from the new "aligned with  
RTTY" Phone and CW rules. Standard RTTY single operator time is only  
30 hours (vs. 36 on Phone/CW)) and 160m is prohibited on RTTY.

John KK9A

Douglas KR2Q wrote:

Jeff notes that RTTY WPX has no separate unassisted category.

Perhaps (maybe?) the answer is in the rules.

Look at WPX Rule IX.2 (QSO alerting...) definition

The use of any technology that provides CALLSIGN identification of a signal
to the operator (minor editing on my part).  On CW, even use of a CW coder
makes you assisted.

Well, I know there are a lot of really great CW ops out there, but I don't
think anybody can decode RY by listening to it (except maybe a CQ or a
string of RYs).

So it is impossible to NOT use technology to identify the callsign...hence,
no "unassisted" category (because every entrant MUST be assisted, per the
WPX definitions).

Does that pass the smell test?  I dunno.

de Doug KR2Q

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