The following message was sent by "KN5H" <firstname.lastname@example.org> on Tue, 14 May
2002 20:58:34 -0700.
> How can you be held responsible for others inability to copy CW?
> You shouldnt lose any points. Am I correct?
> de KN5H
This information (on how the "other guy" busts your QSO is provided to
you really as a "service". It's good to see how other guys break your
To answer your question, generally one does NOT lose QSO points or get
otherwise penalized for others' mistakes. However, in some cases - say
the other guy busts more than one character - some log-checking
software, at least currently, will not find a match. So if I work
WA1AAA and WA1AAA logs me as N3MG (1 error), then I will get the QSO
and WA1AAA will lose it. But, if WA1AAA logs me as N3NG (2 errors) I
quite possibly get a NIL and lose the QSO. And it's quite possible
that WA1AAA will not get dinged at all as long as the call he entered
(in this example, N3NG) is considered a valid one. So it does pay to
be sure the other guy "gets it right".
Please note that software changes all the time and I suspect (hope)
that this log-checking software "loophole" will get fixed sooner or
later. Also contests have their own software and
different "penalties": CQWW one loses busted QSOs plus a 3X penalty,
ARRLDX I think you just lose the busted QSO.