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CW is King! Posted on %PM, December 03 2006 21:36:29

For those trying to register via the link in K1RQG’s Net Notes, this will not work.

It was not my intention to publish a public registration key there, it was sent by me to Joe by mistake.

The intention of my blog is not for everyone to be able to write messages, quite the contrary. It is intended to present my personal view on things. And possibly the view of some of my friends, in this case about CW and matters related to diminishing the value of CW.

A blog reflects the mind of the owner. And reading a blog could be upsetting to others..

73/Peter SM2CEW

Digital contesting

CW is King! Posted on %PM, December 03 2006 17:36:31

During the recent ARRL EME contest there was full proof that the digital protocol is not designed for contesting. Numerous so called “loggers” i e real time chatboards were used to solicit “contest” QSO’s!! All in complete violation of the ARRL General contest rules.

Take a look at one example of the N0UK Logger on November 11! Can any of this be called contest operation, in accordance with the rules???

Of course not, but this is the way people operate to be able to make QSO’s with their computers.

Why worry you ask?

Well, because true contesters competing by using pure random CW operation are now compared to, and competing, in the same category as these people!!

This must be a joke you say, but unfortunately it is the truth

But why??

Well, it is evident that strong lobbying to keep CW/SSB and digital mixed, is done by the author of the WSJT software, K1JT Joe Taylor. This has cemented the ARRL’s standpoint. And as K1JT is an ARRL VHF/UHF committee member, we are not likely to see any rules change.

And it is also very evident that the ultimate goal of this contest is to see CW die, replaced by a digital protocol dependent on internet liason at all times.

This seem to be the only way to compete on even terms, breaking the ARRL General rules all the time. And as long as ARRL don’t enforce the rules, they basically make a decision to kill CW.

I just can not get this into my brain, how a trustworthy, respected radio amateur organization like the ARRL can let this happen?


CW is King! Posted on %PM, December 03 2006 17:01:49

If you have not read my page about digital communications a la JT65, I strongly advice you do so. It can be found at

For some reason the JT65 software with the so called Deep Search mode has reduced an EME QSO as we all know it to virtually non existent exchange of information.

The author, K1JT, has decided that modern weak signal operators can not wait for a full transfer of needed information, hence he is taking shortcuts in his software to reduce the “waiting time” for a complete QSO.

Out of a message with calls and report of say >56 bits, he has reduced the need to copy information to 14.2 bits instead. The rest of the info is handed to the CPU performing the decoding process via a database (textfile full of possible calls) or via the” To Radio:” and “MyCall:” input boxes.

And reports are called “Shorthand messages”, which are nothing but two tones with a given spacing, and contain no coding.

Now, to compare this to a normal EME QSO is just not possible. And to give the same credit for these marginal digital contacts in case of DXCC and contest operation is beyond my comprehension. They can not be compared, because the basic foundation is different.

* CW is all about the operator copying and verifying the information.

* CW is about the operator focusing on what is heard, not what the screen says that the computer has created from traces of info.

* CW is about skills, patience, and knowledge.

* CW is uncontested as a real mode, not a computer game

* CW is KING!