Gary's point is well taken, but I would counter that the frequencies we use
are there for the good of all amateurs, not just contesters, even during a
The casual guy just "trying to help out" is probably also just trying to
make the best of, in some folks' opinion, a bad situation: a band chock full
of contesters and nobody else to work. So he tries to work a few guys just
for the sake of getting on the air.
We have to admit that we have a large public relations problem: enough
people already hate contests because they disrupt their weekend enjoyment of
radio. If we're going to do this, even if we are as polite as possible in
explaining that it's a DX contest, it is NOT going to help.
For the good of contesting, I would suggest we just hold our nose and
swallow gracefully the zero pointers. How many zero point callers do you get
when your DX rate is high? How many come when you've hit a lull in CQing? If
it comes on a CQ when you would not have worked a DX anyway, what's the
Heck, even in ARRL DX, I just work the guy, say 73 and move on. It's
simpler, faster and more gracious than trying to explain the intricacies of
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Sutcliffe" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 10:44 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] 1 pointers for CQWW
> At 07:43 AM 11/29/2005, Cqtestk4xs@aol.com wrote:
> >3. The casual day to day operator really does not have any conception of
> >rules of the contest and thinks he is truly helping out...that meaning
> >stateside callers passing out qso's.......is it time to step up to the
> >plate and
> >allow 1 point per qso for contacts within one's country??
> I've always felt a bit embarrassed calling a US station to get the W
> multiplier, knowing it is usually a big gun calling CQ (thanks K9NS for
> double mult on 10!) and this is just a waste of time for them.
> That being said, if filling the log with zero point contacts is
> really that much of a problem it would be better to just not allow you to
> get credit for your own country. It would mean a few less multipliers but
> preserve the flavor of CQWW by leaving it as a DX contest.
> CQers would still get a few calls by the casual operator who does not know
> the rules. Just thanking them for the call but briefly explaining you can
> only work DX will keep most of them from tuning up the band and working
> everyone they hear.
> Gary Sutcliffe W9XT
> Unified Microsystems
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