Brings up an interesting dilemma.
A given operator enters the ARRL contest from the state of TN
with a callsign of KP4XXX.
K1TTT calls him, thinking he is in Puerto Rico.
KP4XXX thinks he hears TK1TT calling him, and gives a report
K1TTT types ENNTN. By this time, N6TR's software converts cut
numbers, per K1TTT's request, to 599 09.
KP4XXX thinks he hears ENNTTA (599001) coming from TK1TT.
Struggling to copy more accurately as K1TTT corrects the callsign,
he thinks he hears a power level of 1TTTK (1000 kilowatts) coming
from TK1TT. Which power level should KP4XXX put in his log?
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Robbins" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "reflector cq-contest" <CQ-Contest@contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2002 12:44
Subject: RE: [CQ-Contest] Power Entry
> > K1TTT (is that pronounced K-one-thousand?) asks:
> > > > Furthurmore - for the ARRL DX contest - all received power levels
> > > > are converted to a numeric value for checking purposes. Thusly,
> > > > KW, 1K, K and 1000 are all equal. So are 5, 05, 005 and 00000005.
> > > >
> > > > Tree N6TR
> > > > email@example.com
> > >
> > > are 'att', '2tt', 'nnn', 'nn' etc also converted?
> > Nope.
> > >From the ARRL web page:
> > 4.2 DX stations send signal report and power (number indicating
> > approximate transmitter output power).
> > a, t, n and e are not numbers. They are CW abbreviations used to
> > communicate a number.
> > I do convert K or KW to 1000 however.
> ah, but k and w are not numbers either and you convert them based on
> your assumption of what was meant. Why would that not logically extend
> to a,t,n,e,o and any other common abbreviations?
> For the reflector this is a perfect example of why you should not try to
> second guess what contest sponsors and log checkers do. Up till this
> year I would always 'copy what was sent' as so many of you like to
> preach about. But doing that now would cost me. Now the real dilemma,
> I have already sent in my log... do I dare go back and open it up to
> make sure that none of the operators did what I had been doing up to
> this year? Or will that get me in hot water with all of you out there??
> David Robbins K1TTT
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