Re: [Elecraft_K3] RE: CW R
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Well thought out reasoning Don.
From: Elecraft_K3@... [mailto:Elecraft_K3@...]
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2016 8:51 AM
Subject: Re: [Elecraft_K3] RE: CW R
Very interesting. I grew up using older Icom gear (751a, 761, 781) and don't remember them having CWR switch. Probably came along in the next generation of equipment. I now run K3s. At 70, my wife says I am not only tone deaf, I am really deaf and should get some aid. I fear doing that would increase my honey do list.
I can’t speak for Lee, but I can tell you why I always use CWR. When the K3 came to market my ears and brain had been trained by 40+ years of Yaesu and Kenwood radios which default to the upper sideband for sidetone monitoring. Thus my brain wanted to hear a descending pitch with increasing frequency. Since Icom radios default to lower sideband, it drove me batty every time I used one. Thankfully, Icom radios have a CWR switch.
As one of the early K3 field testers, I gave Wayne a fair share of grief about the K3 defaulting to lower sideband. He didn’t buy it!!
Being a musician with near-perfect pitch and pitch-differentiation to less than 1 Hz on a good day, it is not easy to retrain my brain. (Being 71 years old probably doesn’t help either!) On the other hand, I have several crack CW operator buddies who are nearly tone deaf. CW / CWR doesn’t bother them one way to or the other.
Thu Dec 1, 2016 6:57 pm (PST) . Posted by: