>>>2. you heard the largest code practice session known to man last weekend.
>>> it is called SweepStakes(SS). did you note that the average code speed
>>> was in excess of 25wpm?
>>25wpm! I wish! I can copy 25 wpm. It is the 35+ wpm that drives me bonkers.
> I expect that many, of not most, of the SS players use automatic keyers with
> the exchanges programmed in;
You are probably correct. Most of the serious contest types do use either
computers or memory keyers to do their sending, especially for the repetitive
CQ SS CQ SS DE xxx ....
Quote:> and that not a few of them do their copying with a computer...
Not a chance. All the serious CW contestors I've met can copy better in their
heads at 35+ WPM than any computer. These guys have sworn off the use of
pencil and paper for CW copy long ago. I've seen some of them at Field Day
transmitting and receiving while holding a conversation with someone.
The only people copying CW with a computer would be wimps like me who can't
quite cut the 35+ WPM stuff.
Alas, I have no setup to do that. <sigh>
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