During the recent DX-expedition to 1A0KM the operators Wolfgang DL5MAE and Ben DL6RAI decided not to use JT65.

This came as no surprise, as Wolfgang has expressed a strong opinion against computer to computer QSO’s, he wants to do the decoding himself.

Anyhow, the discussion started on the EME reflectors, and this is what EA3DXU said:

Hi All
As some 144 EME CW hams do.
I will ask why 1A0KM will not be QRV also on JT65B like PJ4EME ? or only
the JT65B hams must also be QRV on CW , but the CW hams are free of this
requisite ?

73 de Josep EA3DXU“

Joseps question is of course valid, and he is entitled to ask the question. And he was not the only one who asked the same question.

But the nature of the question is what interests me, why do they want JT65 so badly?

Well of course, the answer is:
-they need Deep Search! It’s not JT65 they want, THEY WANT DEEP SEARCH!

They desperately need the 10-bit decoding module that will never fail, and that uses fractions of EME message to print full calls, report and locator. And they need the shorthand messages that need not be decoded, just claimed that they’ve been seen on the Spectran screen.

This is why people are so eager that JT65 should be used instead of real communication modes like CW or SSB. They want to “score”, without having to put any effort into the EME game.

So, what conclusions can we draw from this then?

– Well, first of all, we must see it as a full reckognition of CW EME being a truly challenging mode!

– Secondly, having said that, we clearly see that there is no way to compare a CW EME QSO with a JT65 one.

– Third, but we knew this already.. CW is King!!

73 de Peter SM2CEW