As I type this, I am down in the shack and am on 40 Meters. I just finished up a nice little ragchew session with Dan KB6NU - Amateur Radio friend and fellow blogger.
I am tuning around on 40 Meters and am hearing all kinds of (pardon my expression) crap!
So far, I have come across a guy who is calling CQ so fast, that he can't even send his own call sign correctly and without errors. What's up with that? I know we all have days when our fists aren't quite right; but when you can't get your own call right, I think it's time to QRS. And on a further note, whatever happened to "Accuracy transcends speed"? I guess he doesn't belong to FISTS.
In another instance, I am listening to two guys shoot the breeze and I am hearing "WB2XXX N9XYZ" for the changeover. Did we agree to stop using the "DE"? Did I miss something? Was there some new general announcement about CW protocol that passed me by? I mean, really .....how long does it take to send "DE"? For me at least, that's a timing mechanism between the two calls. I don't hear the "DE" and it kind of becomes a mish-mash for me.
Sorry ...... guess I fell into Curmudgeon Mode for a bit.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least! (And please send it accurately!)