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Re: [CQ-Contest] To cut or not to cut?

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] To cut or not to cut?
From: W0MU Mike Fatchett <w0mu@w0mu.com>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 18:32:15 -0600
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If you want to send enn for the signal report great.  Actually I could 
care less what is sent there.  Someday it will probably be e e e.

If you send cut numbers to me, you can probably count on a fill.  I had 
one report that was AANA.  My brain went dead.  Those are not numbers.  
I asked for a fill.   Got the same stuff.  Asked again and then finally 
the light bulb went on at the other end.

Maybe if those of us that are not serious waste a bunch of cut number 
peoples time they will start to understand.

Cut numbers when the station you are trying to work is awful.  I am 
listening for dits or dahs sequentially.  Not random code characters.

I did notice that about 1/2 the stations I worked slowed the number part 
down by 3 to 5 wpm.  I did the same and I think this helped a bunch.  I 
was really geared up for the guys going 40 plus and relieved when the 
numbers came out a tad slower HI!

Regardless I am sure I mutilated my share of numbers.  I never look 
forward to log reports from the WPX HI!

Mike W0MU

W0MU-1 CC Cluster w0mu.net:23 or w0mu-1.dnsdynamic.com

On 5/31/2012 5:24 PM, Ktfrog007@aol.com wrote:
> Well, you gotta save somewhere.
> As far as using cut numbers, the rule I was taught was to use them only in
> unambiguous situations, where only numbers could possibly be  used.  This
> makes them OK for serial numbers, but whether they should  be used is another
> matter.  I never fail to get discombobulated when I get  one thrown at me.
> I can live without them happily ever after.
> 73,
> Kermit, AB1J
> In a message dated 5/31/2012 7:31:57 P.M. GMT Standard Time,  w7why@fr
> ontier.com writes:
> Hi  Kermit
> It has always puzzled me why some stations use a big, long call  like
> that, and then use cut numbers for the exchange :-)  73
> Tom  W7WHY
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