I'm replying to this on DX-CHAT.

A lot of those excellent ops are no longer with us. For whatever else he
got involved in, Don Miller was one of the best CW ops ever and could sit
there and churn out QSO's as you describe. So could Danny Weil, the
Colvins, Ron ZL1AMO, Rudi DJ5CQ, G3SWH, Baldur DJ6SI, and many others. Many
of these are now Silent Keys and I haven't heard too much lately from some
of the others.

I have noticed some of the same things in pileups lately. There was a
discussion on another list about DXpeditions now using Skimmer to identify
stations in the pileups. I have nothing against using technology to augment
skill, but if technology replaces skill altogether, it will not be good.

73, Zack W9SZ

On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM, ragnar otterstad <la...@yahoo.no> wrote:

> Food for thought !
> Is my memory failing me, or do I remember a time when DXpeditions used to
> have CW ops that could churn out QSOs at a rate of 150-180 an hour, hour
> after hour with virtually no drama and with a reasonable knowledge of
> propagation?
> With the odd exception, all l hear now is an operator that is like a
> rabbit caught in a car's headlights, hopelessly trawling across 15-20KHz of
> a boiling pileup for 30-40 seconds before managing to extract a two letter
> fragment of a call sign, throw it back at the pileup with 599 tacked on the
> end, fully expecting this to result in a QSO.
> Then throw in a few time saving "tricks" such as sending at 40wpm, with a
> speeded up RST, only sending his call every 15 minutes, sending "dit dit"
> where clearly a "TU DX1DX UP" is needed, abandoning QSOs halfway through,
> not confirming a queried call correction, insisting on working an area to
> which there is no propagation on the strength of working one superstation
> there, working by numbers etc etc. What a mess!
> The result?....... a situation where only the Loud, Lucky and the
> continuous calling Lid prosper.
> It seems the quality of an operation is now judged by the speed the QSOs
> can be uploaded to LOTW, Clublog or the like, rather than the skill of the
> operator.
> Perhaps a small scale operation from a less needed entity, or a few hours
> using "Pileup runner" would give these guys an idea what to expect before
> launching themselves off to a rare one.
> I just can't imagine what pleasure they can derive from operating like
> this......a bit like me trying to conduct a symphony orchestra and
> expecting it to be alright on the night!
> 73 Steve G4EDG
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