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Re: [CQ-Contest] Your Call?

To: Drew Vonada-Smith <drew@whisperingwoods.org>, "cq-contest@contesting.com" <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Your Call?
From: Chris Wynn via CQ-Contest <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Reply-to: Chris Wynn <n4xfa@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 04:41:58 +0000 (UTC)
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I noticed that it seemed worse than I have ever experienced. I ran unassisted 
this time, as I usually do, and it drove me nuts!

    On Monday, February 22, 2016 11:19 PM, Drew Vonada-Smith 
<drew@whisperingwoods.org> wrote:


Key clicks and GJ0KE were indeed annoying this contest.  But what drove me 
nuts, and I am surprised not to be reading it from others yet, was the "No ID 
while running" situation.  ***It has gotten much worse***.  The practice seems 
to be most evident in SA and the Caribbean.

I heard *many* stations not IDing for a dozen QSOs.  I heard one not ID for 
over 15 minutes - I felt compelled to stay there and measure it.  This destroys 
the rate of people doing unassisted S&P.  Many good contesters in the Caribbean 
make great rates and ID every or nearly every QSO.  So this practice is a way 
to improve your rate by a tiny fraction at the cost of a HUGE impact on others. 
This is not within the spirit or rules of any contest.  It is poor 
sportsmanship at best.

To make it worse, a few stations (and I will name names from my notes if asked) 
refused a fill even when working a station asking "Call?"  And I heard one 
pointedly answered "NO" when a dozen in the pileup repeatedly asked for "CALL?" 
 This isn't just bad practice, it is spitting in the face of others who operate 

I've actually had contesters tell me proudly how efficient they were because 
after each QSO in a big run, they skip the TU and their call and just send a 
dit.  We need to change this mindset.  

Perhaps no rule changes are needed.  But I call upon all of you to join in 
publicly noting that this isn't acceptable.  And I call upon sponsors to get 
tough on abusers.  If no reasonable attitude is forthcoming, the solution is to 
require a callsign every QSO.  That may be seen by some as "extreme", but IMHO, 
this is best practice in any case. 

73, Drew K3PA

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