Re: CW contest for slow pokes?
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If ‘encouraging’ people to slow down isn’t working, how about incentivising them in future events e.g. by making the sender’s WPM part of the exchange, and awarding bonus points relating to the mean speed of each QSO? So for example if I’m sending at 12 WPM, working someone who’s sending at 16 WPM, our QSO speed would be 14 WPM for bonus purposes. Using the appropriate bonus calculation, it ought to be possible to persuade entrants to cluster around an optimum speed, and reduce their speed when appropriate to boost their score in QRS contests – or indeed increase their speed for QRQ contests.
Contest software such as N1MM+ with a built-in CW keyer ought to be able to send the current WPM value as part of the exchange, although I guess that function would need to be coded.
Just a thought.
Compiler of the FOC Guide to Morse Code Proficiency
From: ARRL-Contesting@... <ARRL-Contesting@...> On Behalf Of K1dj via groups.arrl.org
Sent: 20 September 2020 00:14
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Contesting] CW contest for slow pokes?
Pete - We invite participation at all speeds in the SST, up to the maximum of 20WPM, but encourage faster ops to slow down for slower ones.
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