Re: 2018 ARRL Grid Chase
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I generally try to use short macros and keep QSOs as short as the guy on other end wants, but if he wants to have a longer conversation I'm up for that. I've used PSK31 to welcome new operators and to encourage them... teach where I can. If a station doesn't want to chat, that's okay.
Frankly I get tired of short macro-macro QSOs and need something else. It's nice to find someone with common interests. I've made a lot of good friends over the past 40 years doing that. Perhaps the social media is responsible for the lack of the art of conversation ? Maybe hams are now just boring geeks ? There were days when I'd turn of a couple hams talking and they'd go on for hours and it was free entertainment while working on projects in the shack.
From: "Bryon nnegrom@... " <070@...>
To: "070@..." <070@...>
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2017 2:27 PM
Subject: Re:  2018 ARRL Grid Chase
Jerry, I don't agree. I do not think all operators are interested in conversations. I'm one of them. I love FT8 because they are short. I think RTTY is typically short as well and I don't see that one going away. I also did JT-65 for a while. I tired of that, not because of the short communication, but because the length of time one took. Now, with FT-8 that problem has been resolved. I find it frustrating when I'm calling CQ and I send a short PSK31 QSO and I get back minutes and minutes of station data, weather data, antenna, etc. I have multiple macros, and I try to respect those sending. So if I answer a CQ being sent out, I will respond with more. But, not so much to draw out a long QSO and for what? Information that I don't need to know, and isn't a personal conversation. I've even broken out of the macros and had discussions when I see something interesting in the call or from QRZ data. FT-8 has been super fun and in a time where noise and signals are week, I've gotten more ATNO with FT-8 in the last 6 months than I have with PSK31. I love PSK31. I love this club. I love the endorsement checker. I would love to have something like that with every mode I do.
On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:18 PM, Jerry n9avy@...  <070@...> wrote: