OK in the past I have complained about this too. This year though, I think
I'll be in the top 10 for SOAB(A) LP, other contests I go into
non-assisted, which qualifies me as a "competent" little gun S&P station
and I feel qualified to talk on the issue again.
I think the no-ID problem was at its worst maybe 3 or 4 years ago. Some of
the worst no-ID offenders have also been caught by contest organizers for
other infractions. Other worst no-ID offenders from the past seemed to have
reformed themselves and now were doing a great job. This year, my feeling
is that in CQ WW there was excellent form by the vast majority of big guns,
with many ID'ing religiously after every QSO. I don't even do that when I'm
running and there's a line (OK a rare situation but it does happen!)
Most amusing to me, was one station, whose long-form CQ was evidently just
"CQ TEST". He did not get worked by me. I had no idea who he was.
On CW this year, the number of stations who thought "QRZ?" was equivalent
to an ID or a long form call was very very minimal. I am very very glad we
have moved beyond that. When I was a kid I was often chastised, chewed out,
belittled by contesters who told me that the only valid form of call was
"QRZ?". Oh, things are so much better today.
Keying quality was much better this year too. In past years there was an
interesting intersection between worst signal quality and worst ID'ing,
that allowed me to ID some of the worst offenders purely by keying defects.
This year only a few stations seemed to be missing filter caps from their
amps, and only a few had rubbered their amp keying to the point that they
were dropping dits and dahs :-)
I just worked one Zone 33 station for the THIRD TIME on 10 meters. Because
> he goes TWO TO THREE MINUTES between IDs.
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