[Moon-net] QRS

Russ K2TXB k2txb at dxcc.com
Tue Nov 4 20:04:28 CET 2008

Hi Ed.  Well, for what it is worth I have never heard anyone send even close
to 60 wpm on EME, or hardly ever on any band.  Speed is relative.  On EME
when we talk about high speed CW we are generally in the range of 16-20 wpm
or so - hi.

And this leads to a little story:

About a hundred years or so ago (so it seems) when I was a new young ham, I
went to the Doud Post American Legion in Rochester, NY to an ARRL
convention.  This would have been circa 1960-61.  I think this was the
forerunner to the current Rochester Hamfest.  There they were featuring a CW
speed contest, and had brought in an expert speed operator to judge it and
to give a talk on high speed CW operation.  That expert was Katahsi Nose
KH6IJ, the world record CW speed holder at that time, as I recall.  Having
just barely passed my 13 wpm general class test at the time, I was
fascinated by the contest although it was all a blur to me.

I listened to Katashi's talk and was impressed by one thing he said.  "Any
operator who can copy at 13 wpm can copy a contest exchange at 60 wpm" !!!
Now for "The Rest of the Story".

About 15 years later I am operating 40 meter CW in our radio club Field Day
outing back in Chautauqua County, WNY (now FN02).  My code speed was up to
around 20 wpm by that time.  Sitting in a tent in a field, I tune across a
pileup and stop to see what is going on.  A bunch of guys are sending high
speed CW all calling one station, KH6IJ.  I recalled meeting him years prior
so thought it would be neat to at least hear his signal on the air.  After
listening for a minute or so, it gradually dawned on me that the weak blur
of 'noise' that I was hearing in between the calls of the other stations was
KH6IJ, sending at 60 wpm (I imagine).  The longer I listened I began to
realize that I was starting to copy parts of the exchanges!  Finally I
thought I could copy it well enough to try a contact.  On about my fifth
call he came back to me and in a few seconds it was all over.  I think I was
hyperventilating at that point; it was a real thrill to work him.  I've
never even attempted to work CW at that speed since, but I'll always
remember working KH6IJ.

Hope you enjoyed the story,

73, Russ K2TXB

PS: for more info on KH6IJ, see here:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: moon-net-bounces at list-serv.davidv.net 
> [mailto:moon-net-bounces at list-serv.davidv.net] On Behalf Of 
> Edward Cole
> Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 10:29 AM
> To: moon-net at list-serv.davidv.net
> Subject: Re: [Moon-net] QRS
> I hope no one figures to send 60wpm CW to me on 23cm when I 
> am QRV.  It took me 24 years to just pass 13wpm for my 
> General Class License.  On 2m-eme I have run about 17wpm with 
> computer generated CW (much better than my "fist" with a 
> straight key).  That is the upper limit for me for getting 
> the basic calls and signal reports.
> Perhaps in time my copy skills will improve on CW, but If you 
> send 25, 35, ... and higher it will just lead to my asking 
> for lots of repeats.
> I understand that "conditions" can determine that some speeds 
> work better and I can adjust my sending speed.  The 
> pre-scripted computer CW can also be modified for shorter or 
> abrieviated exchange.
> Well, I guess I will see how it goes.  We expect delivery of 
> the linear actuators on Wed. and the main bearing hopefully 
> by Fri.  This should allow all the assembly of the dish mount 
> this coming weekend so that the 4.9m dish may be installed by 
> a boom truck during next week.
> 73, Ed - KL7UW
> 50-years as a Ham: Nov. 11, 1958 - 2008

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