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[CQ-Contest] Q-Signals for Contesting

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Q-Signals for Contesting
From: K8MR via CQ-Contest <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Reply-to: Jimk8mr@aol.com
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 10:16:47 -0400
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Now that bad signal quality is a potential disqualifying event in certain  
contests, is there a simple way to alert somebody, especially on CW, that 
his  signal has a quality issue?
I can't find a Q signal for such in the ARRL list of Q-signals. I recall  
having seen somewhere a Q-signal for "Your keying is defective", which  
sounds more like a "You need to check your keyer weight setting" than "You've  
got spurs", but I can't find a reference to that one.
Yesterday, while playing around in the CQM contest, I encountered YT1A who  
had a very strong signal, with spurs +/- 400 Hz and various phase noise or 
the  like mixed in as well. I don't know if that would have risen to the 
level of a  DQ in CQWW, but I would have been very unhappy if he dropped in 500 
Hz away from  my run frequency in CQWW.  But there was no simple way to let 
him know that  he had a problem. (I was tuning at the time, so I simply 
chose to not to reward  his bad signal with a QSO).
Any suggestions?
One other thought on Q-signals, not contest specific: 
QRN: "I am troubled by static". In practice this now means "I am  troubled 
by noise". I think it would be good to split the two uses. Static  is a 
pretty random thing: try again in 2 seconds and I might miss that static  
But the bad power line noise is going to be a problem for me for quite a  
while, so it's probably hopeless. But some other guy a few miles away will  
likely not have the same problem, so don't hesitate to call him.
Is it time for a Q-signal for "I am experiencing non-natural RFI?"
73  -  Jim  K8MR
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