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

James Cain jamesdavidcain at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 13:36:29 EST 2020

I can see it now! In CW contests we will be required to begin every
exchange with "Please copy" (sent in Morse, of course). This will "align"
CW contests with phone contests. Just one more step in the search for the
lowest common denominator. Darwin was right but that's just science.

cain K1TN


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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