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[CQ-Contest] Typing practice

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Typing practice
From: "James Cain" <cainjim@mindspring.com>
Reply-to: James Cain <cainjim@mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2005 12:38:54 -0400
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Jeff Maass, said:

>I was distressed when looking through the PJ2T UBN for a CQWW CW to find that 
>we lost two P4 QSOs on 160 meters when the operator typed the letter "O" (Oh) 
>>instead of the digit "0" (zero) in the "P40" prefixes. 

>A stupid, very hard-to-find typo that a human log checker would never 
>find/penalize, but which the computerized log checking finds and penalizes 
>with mechanized glee!

Blame the idiot who put oh next to zero on the keyboard.

Someone could write a little program to scrub a Cabrillo log for errors like 
this before submission. i.e., "P Four OH is not a valid prefix." And logging 
programs, in fact, every program, should put a slash through zeroes.

When I was an air traffic controller (1970-73) hand-writing "flight progress 
strips," we underlined "5" to differentiate it from "S." Of course, there was 
something at stake there ....

Jim Cain, K1TN
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