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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Fw: zero pointers
From: "Rick Dougherty" <nq4i@contesting.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 16:13:21 -0500
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Hi John and all...it is not as much the guy who needs a zone or country
mult...its the idiot who makes sure that we get in his log on all 6 bands!!!
de Rick
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Laney" <k4bai@worldnet.att.net>
Cc: "CQ Contest" <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2006 2:23 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] zero pointers

> Sorry to disagree with my M/M host, but I feel strongly that all the US
> stations who work us deserve to be in the log.  We have no way of
> knowing who needs us for zone credit.
> At least from the 15 meter perspective, I feel that very little time is
> wasted by making US QSOs.  When I am on a DX run, it is rare for a US
> station to call in.  During the slow times, US stations do call in and
> working them takes no more time than just calling another unproductive CQ.
> I certainly don't want to discourage contest beginners by telling them
> that I will not log their QSO.  Nor do I want to waste my time by asking
> if they really need the multiplier or need a GA QSO/QSL for state or
> county or grid square credit, etc.  It is very easy to say "Thanks and
> 73" and those same casual operators will thereby be encouraged to call
> us in CQ WPX, Sweepstakes, North American QSO Party, etc. where they do
> count and are badly needed.  I have no problem with US stations who try
> to stop these calls by calling "CQ DX."  That seems to be the most
> efficient and unabrasive way to get the message across without wasting a
> lot of time doing it. Otherwise,we would run a real danger of hurting
> someone's feelings and turning them against all contesters and contesting.
> I think I heard one of the big M/M stations say on 3830 last night that
> they did not log US QSOs on 160 meters "this year."  I hate to think how
> many zone 3 stations may not get credit for their hard won zone 5 QSO on
> 160 meters due to that decision.
> I think I heard that this is what they used to do at W7RM--work US zero
> pointers and not log them--but they changed that practice toward the end
> of the use of Rush's station for multi operations.
> I recall once either at N4RJ, N4PN, NQ4I or some other M/M station in
> our area struggling all weekend on 10 meters at the bottom of a sunspot
> cycle and finally getting ONE zone 3 QSO.  If that station didn't log
> us, all that effort would have been wasted.
> With all due respect to Rick and others who may feel that way, just log
> them and courteously move on.
> 73,
> John, K4BAI.
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