The DXCC award program on 144 MHz is flourishing these days, since the invention of JT65 Deep Search.

But, being on a chatboard also helps, this is an example of a fantastic QSO between FM5CS and OZ1LPR:

23:07 230400 3 -21 2.8 -46 5 # OZ1LPR FM5CS OOO 0 10 (OZ1LPR )

23:08 I still need the final (OZ1LPR)

23:13 231200 10 -25 -142 3 RRR 0 0 (OZ1LPR)

23:17 you copy RRR? (FM5CS )

23:18 yes I do very fine (OZ1LPR)

23:18 231600 10 -22 -177 1 RRR (OZ1LPR )

23:18 yes RRR to me now (FM5CS)

23:19 sending 73 now but pse qrx (OZ1LPR)

23:22 now I se the 73 :O) (OZ1LPR)

23:22 speaker 73 now (OZ1LPR )

23:23 ok RRRRR very good this time! ( FM5CS)

23:24 New DXCC and # fir me :O) QSL goes direct to you (OZ1LPR)

23:24 I se 73 again :O) I stopped TX (OZ1LPR )

As you know, I have been over this before.. but is this really a valid QSO???

If we look at the times inbetween the first messages, we see that 4-5 minutes of silence on the chat makes it impossible for these guys to stay calm..

They can’t stand the uncertainty, so they have to start asking each other what message is now being processed by the CPU of the computer!

God forbid, should they have to decide only by what is received via the radio link..!

But the chatboard makes it a fool proof contact, and the QSL can go out via mail the next day!

No wonder some get their DXCC awards so quickly these days..
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– If it is one thing we CW operators are well equipped with, it is patience!!

We use the receive periods to focus on what the other guy is sending, rather than asking him on a chatboard what he is up to..

That’s why CW is King!!

73 de Peter SM2CEW