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Re: [CQ-Contest] WW CW wrong Zone sent?

To: "'Kenneth E. Harker'" <kenharker@kenharker.com>,"'K0HB'" <k-zero-hb@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WW CW wrong Zone sent?
From: "Paul J. Piercey" <p.piercey@nl.rogers.com>
Reply-to: vo1he@rac.ca
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 12:47:03 -0000
List-post: <mailto:cq-contest@contesting.com>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com 
> [mailto:cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com] On Behalf Of 
> Kenneth E. Harker
> Sent: November 26, 2007 20:09
> To: K0HB
> Cc: Art Boyars; cq-contest@contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WW CW wrong Zone sent?
> On Mon, Nov 26, 2007 at 05:27:53PM -0000, K0HB  wrote:
> > 
> > Fast forward to post-Contest, the scoring machine might 
> "know" the OP 
> > wasn't in Zone 2, but it cannot take the mult away from those 
> > operators who accepted the exchange in good faith.
> That doesn't sound right at all.
> In the past, I've worked a lot of people in the IARU contest 
> that thought they were in zone 3, 4, or 5 even when their 
> call sign indicates that is not possible.  I can work over 
> 2,000 contacts and never work a real zone 5, should I still 
> get credit for that zone mult because someone in Florida 
> gives me a 5?  Come on.
> The correct answer in the example above is that operators 
> should not get penalized for an exchange error if they copied 
> what the station sent, but the QSO should be scored by 
> whatever zone the VE2 station was really in, as determined by 
> the contest adjudicators.
> --
> Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
> kenharker@kenharker.com
> http://www.kenharker.com/

Hi Ken,

You bring up a good point but I would like to add to it. Yes, the zones are
different in IARU so, if you receive a suspect zone from a W2 or VE2, then
might it be easier, and more helpful to the guy just giving out a few
points, to take a few seconds to explain to him the differences or at least
verify that he is where he says he is? I walked a dozen or more stations
through the exchange in SS Phone and, hopefully, most of them will retain
that knowledge for the future.

I realize it may kill your rate for a while but, in the long run, it may
help a prospective new contester and all who work him subsequently?

Just a thought.

73 -- Paul VO1HE

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