[AMRadio] 40M AM?

Geoff/W5OMR ars.w5omr at gmail.com
Mon Feb 18 12:14:04 EST 2008

Bob Macklin wrote:
> I was surprised at how well it could copy CW when the CW was obviously
> generated by another computer. It had a 99% correctness. This does not
> happen when the CW is sent by hand. If the sender is really good it might
> copy 75% but most of the time it is less than 50%.
> My observation yesterday was that a significant amount of the contesting was
> being done by computers.

I disagree that it 'had to be done by computer'.

Back in the mid 80's, as a 'Johnny Novice' (literally, still a novice) 
running 15wpm code on a Speed-X bug.  That was the best Bug I've ever 
operated.  Beats the Vibroplex, hands down.

I worked, on a regular basis, a WD5J... something or another, out in 
East Texas always on 40m, somewhere between 7.110 and 7.125 and he was 
using a new (at the time) Commodore 64 with a CW program on it.  He sent 
me a print out of the text I was sending with my bug.  Solid Copy for 5 
whole minutes, at an average for 15wpm. 

Computer programs are -much- more refined these days.

I've always received compliments on my 'fist'.  Have been accused more 
than twice of running some sort of code-generating device (computer, 
keyboard, whatever) while all the time I was using a bug.

73 = Best Regards,

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