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Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL says no to opening logs...

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL says no to opening logs...
From: k3bu@optonline.net
Reply-to: k3bu@optonline.net
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2006 09:52:29 -0400
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> I think "busted QSO" is an oxymoron.  I suggest that if correct call
> signs weren't exchanged and logged in real time, then it wasn't a
> valid QSO and after-the-fact notes don't make it valid.
> 73,
> Hank, W6SX

There are situations when correct callsigns WERE exchanged, but sh... errors 
happens. Pressing wrong key, double key, or ERASE instead of LOG on the other 
side could remove the "proof". 

Nobody is perfect, statistically there is something like 2 - 4% of errors 
regardless what you do. Take typing, or any other activities, add to it 47 
hours of non-stop operating and the chances are aggravated.

So, while purists say tough luck, you didn't work them because you are not 
correctly in their log, might not be a truth. You worked them all right, might 
have a tape recording to prove it, but the goof is on the other side of which 
you have absolutely no control and not aware of.

This is what some RF impaired could not get and here comes the "reasoning" to 
"teach" us accurate contest logging by insisting on 3 QSO penalties.
In contesting situation when the other station goofs, or decides to remove 
"inconvenient" or unsure QSO from the log in order to avoid the "penalty" we 
end up getting penalized for no fault of our own. 
But everyone is in the same boat, so "that's OK".

I am glad I grew out of DXing, but still "suffering" from the contest bug and 
subject to teaching lessons :-)

73 anyway

Yuri Blanarovich, K3BU, VE3BMV

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