[Moon-net] QRS

Bergonti, Sergio Sergio.Bergonti at lamresearch.com
Fri Nov 7 09:56:58 CET 2008

Maybe I was trying to be a little sarcastic talking about 60wpm, but in
case someone didn't catch that up, or pretend not to... Yes I was.
I hope we can now find the spirit and pay more attention on some more
efficient, or rather adequate, operating methods.  Confessing  on
Moon-net it ain't of much use.



-----Original Message-----
From: moon-net-bounces at list-serv.davidv.net
[mailto:moon-net-bounces at list-serv.davidv.net] On Behalf Of Russ K2TXB
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 8:04 PM
To: 'Edward Cole'; moon-net at list-serv.davidv.net
Subject: Re: [Moon-net] QRS

Hi Ed.  Well, for what it is worth I have never heard anyone send even
to 60 wpm on EME, or hardly ever on any band.  Speed is relative.  On
when we talk about high speed CW we are generally in the range of 16-20
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
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.
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.
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
outing back in Chautauqua County, WNY (now FN02).  My code speed was up
around 20 wpm by that time.  Sitting in a tent in a field, I tune across
pileup and stop to see what is going on.  A bunch of guys are sending
speed CW all calling one station, KH6IJ.  I recalled meeting him years
so thought it would be neat to at least hear his signal on the air.
listening for a minute or so, it gradually dawned on me that the weak
of 'noise' that I was hearing in between the calls of the other stations
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
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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