Re: Hmmm ?
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There is a CW Ops group that promotes CW. They sponsor a 1 hour CW contest every Wednesday morning. There are participants who are experienced and others who are relativelaly new. I have a friend who participates each week. He normally runs about 35 wpm and has gotten as high as 200 contacts an hour, but 150 contacts is closer to normal. There are some who can easily get over 200 contacts per hour. I am not proficient at CW, so I am not part of that group.
PSK puts all participants potentially on a level playing field. However, to achieve good rates, it is necessary to hold a specific frequency and call CQ. Typically, I work search and pounce as I like to spot stations rather than working everyone who comes along. That reduces my run rates. Also, many PSK operators use the same set of macros in a contest that they use normally. I have even seen some who send a lengthy station macro during a contest exchange. That absolutely kills run rates. In a contest, participants should send the bare minimum exchange of information required to log the contact. The exception to that would be if both parties chose to leave contesting mode temporarily to have a casual conversation using PSK. Thus, a new set of macros needs to be generated for each contest specifying the information needed for that contest....no more, no less.
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Received: 09:55 PM CDT, 09/26/2021
From: "Leland Sly" <lee.n5sly@...>
To: "main@070Club.groups.io Group Moderators" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [070Club] Hmmm ?
Yes indeed there are those operators who can do 40 WPM, but they are few and far between. And yes, at that speed CW is a fast mode.
On Sun, Sep 26, 2021 at 9:46 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote: