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Re: [CQ-Contest] CQ-Contest Digest, Vol 59, Issue 13

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] CQ-Contest Digest, Vol 59, Issue 13
From: Hank Greeb <n8xx@arrl.org>
Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2007 09:47:05 -0500
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Maybe I'm a lid, probably I'm a lid, maybe even definitely a lid, but 
when I heard cut numbers mixed in with International Morse numbers I 
always asked for fills during this sweepsteaks (well, at least 99.44+% 
of the time.)  One LID was mixing thing up so much that, even after I 
knew I got the exchange correct, I kept asking him for fills until he 
sent everything in International Morse.  Trying to receive 3TN, or even 
3T9 instead of 309 when one is expecting a series of numbers requires a 
shift of paradigm.  The few brain cells left between the ears of this 
olde NTS message handler doesn't handle such things very well.

One other thing which irks me is folks who insist in sending "T" as the 
first character when they were sending a 1 or 2 digit exchange number.  
IF they want to send a zero, which is definitely NOT needed, they're not 
interested in maximizing rate, so why not send a zero?

If the exchange were 599 S/P/C  or 599 ITUZONE etc., as it is in many DX 
contest, then it's much easier to understand 5NN ITUZONE.   But, there's 
enough inconsistency in what is sent during a Sweepsteaks exchange so 
why confuse the issue with abbreviations mixed in with numbers?

73 de n8xx Hg

"AD5VJ  Bob" <rtnmi@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> Message: 2
> Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 13:32:47 -0600
> From: "AD5VJ  Bob" <rtnmi@sbcglobal.net>
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Cut number advice
> To: <cq-contest@contesting.com>
> I just went through many hours of ss not understanding why I was getting so 
> many repeats. Since my logging applications lets me decide whether to use all 
> cut numbers or just the T for 0 I decided to change it from all cut numbers 
> to using only the T.
> I have not had a repeat since.
> Not sure why but it seems no one is looking for cut numbers to be sent in 
> place of real ones.
> So I suggest if your using cut numbers in your serial exchanges, you might 
> want to consider not using them anymore.
> It may increase your rate.
>   73 fer nw es gud DX,
> Bob AD5VJ
> http://www.ad5vj.com/
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