Dont’ get me wrong, please!
Perhaps, I didn’t explain myself properly. I’m sorry for that.
I’ll try to clarify.
I am and I have always been pleased to QRS when I work CW from my shack, sometimes responding QRS and adapting to people calling CQ at any slow speed they may be using and some others calling CQ myself at about 18-20 WPM (rarely I call CQ slower than that now)
LEt me remind you that I spoke about activating myself at that slow speed, nothing about chasing. I wrote: I think activating at 10 or 15WPM in order to give a chance to one potential CW beginner one day, doesn’t worth it because it penalises on the other hand the whole group of chasers all the time everytimes.
Of course, that’s absolutely logical, normal and that’s the way we all felt when we started CW, but I’m sure you will also understand that the same type of challenge you currently find in completing a QSO during an activation, others (like myself) find the challenge not in just completing a QSO, because thousands of them have been completed by now, but in dealing with a big pile up (the bigger the better) and working 2, 3 or even more stations per minute over as many minutes as possible, recalling the names of the operators and calling them Andy, Colin, Helmut or Jorge during the activation. Those are the type of challenges I enjoy now during a SOTA activation and we, experienced CW operators, also have the right to enjoy and have challenges to achieve during a SOTA activation.
I learned CW back in 1985 and you will surely guess I made hundreds of QRS QSOs.
I have progressed pretty well since then, but I still like and enjoy the challenge of working SOTA and dealing with the pile-up.
As I explained in a previous post, I usually don’t QRS when activating because I find penalising to stop the normal pace of the operation to search the menu in my FT-817 where the CW speed can be modified. Now that Andrew explained me there’s a shortcut to access that menu, I may try to do it next time I activate SOTA, if I find it’s necessary.
I hope to QSO with you very soon, Andy and I’ll be absolutely pleased to QRS for you.