[CQ-Contest] Foot switch

Joe nss at mwt.net
Sat Nov 12 10:17:04 EST 2022

I never had luck using Vox,

But probably mainly because of my method of talking when running a Phone 

I talk very quietly. I don't stress my Voice. It just drives me crazy to 
hear these guys screaming in their Mics.
Umm there is a Mic Gain control! Hello?
Then they wonder why 8 hours later they sound like an old sailor and 
don't have a voice anymore.

I have been in Multi stations where a OP that is 12 feet away is talking 
sooo loud that he is over driving my radio past the ALC window!

But with my voice levels being sooo low VOX operation is late on the 
attack and often miss the first letter, and or keeps dropping out like a 
SSB version of QSK. Or even worse to stop the QSK effect then the hang 
time is too long and you miss the first part of replies.

Foot switch is the only way I will do a Phone contest.


On 11/11/2022 3:39 PM, Steve Wojton NN2NN wrote:
> Personally, I like using a foot switch. It prevents any of my salty language from going out over the air when I get frustrated! 😂 To each his own.
> Steve NN2NN
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Nov 11, 2022, at 11:02 AM, Yuri<ve3dz at rigexpert.net>  wrote:
>> While I find myself in disagreement with Bill on many topics outside HAM Radio :-) in this case I am 100% with him.
>> Though I keep some variety of them, I personally never used foot switches for the last 7-8 years in the Phone Contests. Properly adjusted VOX in your radio would do the job just fine, including amplifier PTT control.
>> 73, Yuri VE3DZ
>>> On 11/10/2022 12:30 PM, Bill kollenbaum - K4XS via CQ-Contest wrote:
>>> Why worry about a foot switch unless you're doing MM etc.  The switch ties you down  and is just one more thing to worry about.  Much easier to VOX...been doing it for 45 years.
>>> Bill V31XX/K4XS
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