Are most rigs these days using "USB" or "LSB" offset for CW? I have an FT-101E which uses "USB" offset - ie a CW signal received in the USB mode will have the same pitch when I change the mode switch to CW. The FT-101E is always a little off freq becase it uses separate circuits in RX and TX to set the LO freq, but I leave the RIT on and have a pretty good idea where to zero beat a USB or LSB phone signal within a few dozen Hz, where the modes always match.
I've just started operating CW, and of the three contacts I've made I've noticed that two were near the RIT setting for USB I always use, but one was way over on the other side (out of the rx passband until I tuned it in). Rather than being off freq, I think his rig (Kenwd TS930) was operating with an LSB offset.
With the mix of USB and LSB offsets in use, how do you compensate, especially with super-narrow filters? So far it's been easy for me to swing the RIT and zero beat, but I've just been sending CQs. I've tried to answer a couple calls, I got "
"s and "QRZ?"; I didn't try to tune the other op in but swung the RIT only.
If the etiquette to depend on the other op to swing their RIT around, or do they expect you to retune? I hear a lot of QSOs down at the bottom of 40, blasting away merrily at several hundred Hz offset.