Re: CW contest for slow pokes?


Gary Hinson
 

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.

 

73 GL

Gary  ZL2iFB

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
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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.

73 

Rich K1DJ

K1USN Radio Club



On Sep 18, 2020, at 7:11 PM, Pete W1RM <w1rm@...> wrote:



What is the suggested speed for the SST?

 

 

Pete, W1RM

W1RM@...

 

From: ARRL-Contesting@... <ARRL-Contesting@...> On Behalf Of K1dj via groups.arrl.org
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2020 6:37 PM
To: ARRL-Contesting@...
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Contesting] CW contest for slow pokes?

 

Thanks for letting us know!  Several more experienced CW operators, including members of the K1USN club, noticed during the first SST that more contacts could be made when CQing stations dropped to lower speeds than 20 WPM.  I am sure you will find more slower stations in the next SST!  And as others have suggested, we are encouraging all to drop their speeds to match the speeds of stations calling them.  So hopefully, everyone in the SSTs will do just that.

73 and hope to work you soon -

Rich, K1DJ

K1USN Radio Club

 




On Sep 18, 2020, at 5:34 PM, sk33t3r via groups.arrl.org <sk33t3r=pm.me@...> wrote:

The K1USN Slow Speed Test was pretty fun. Was still too fast for me in general hence my 2 QSOs/hr. LOL! Too many were still running the suggested max of 20 wpm, at least those calling CQ. I made sure that I had all of the information captured before I responded to a CQ. But made my first CW contact in probably 40 years since when I was a novice!

For those that missed the announcement of the K1USN SST, here's a link. http://www.k1usn.com/sst.html

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