Logging dupes and sponsor log checking

Barry Kutner w2up at voicenet.com
Mon Dec 9 10:57:42 EST 1996

On  9 Dec 96, Rich L. Boyd <rlboyd at capaccess.org> wrote:

> I always log dupes.  Many reasons a QSO gets in one log and not the 
> other.  When I call someone and he said "QSO before" I say "Somehow I 
> messed up and didn't get it, could you log me again?"  That usually 
> works, tho the op on the other end usually sounds confused by it all.  No 
> need for confusion; if someone calls you again, work him again and log it.

I agree, Rich. In CQWW CW I called 8R1K on one band and was told "QSO 
before." Took about 90 seconds for me to convince him he wasn't in my 
log. What a waste of time for both of us! I had about 70 dupes in my 
log from CQWW. Just work 'em and log 'em.

> Now, I hope CQ and ARRL are sophisticated enough in their log checking to 
> look for a second "makeup" QSO if they don't find you in someone's log, 
> but I've wondered whether they are picking up on this, haven't heard 
> confirmation.
I recall a few postings in the past stating this wasn't the case. Don't
 know if it's changed. (hope so...)
73 Barry
Barry Kutner, W2UP                           Internet: w2up at voicenet.com
Newtown, PA                   FRC            alternate: barry at w2up.wells.com

>From donovanf at sgate.com (Frank Donovan)  Mon Dec  9 17:02:25 1996
From: donovanf at sgate.com (Frank Donovan) (Frank Donovan)
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 12:02:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Contest computer CMOS battery failure
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.3.95.961209115327.18126D-100000 at jekyll.sgate.com>

My contest station has 14 computers, and its inevitable that I experience
the "low battery" CMOS warning occasionally!  Needless to say, I do not
want to experience a needless panic trying to determine CMOS parameters
in the hours before a contest!  

Like the need for hard-drive backup (its not "if my hard fails" its: "when
my hard drive fails), its also very important to keep a record of CMOS
parameters for the inevitable battery failure!  In addition to keeping a
hard-copy printout of all of the CMOS parameters for each computer, I also
write the most critical CMOS parameters (the hard drive parameters) on a
piece of paper taped to the back of the computer.

donovanf at sgate.com

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 09 Dec 1996 07:57:21 -0500 (EST)
From: 00tlzivney at bsuvc.bsu.edu
To: cq-contest at tgv.com
Subject: Contest computer CMOS battery failure

Well, I thought I would use my computer to log for the first time!
When I booted it up, I got a "CMOS battery low" message - and had to
scramble for a couple of hours to find the parameters to enter to retrieve
stuff from my hard drive - good old paper and pencil were used.

Anyway, instead of paying $12.95 + tax for a new battery, I figure I can
make a battery pack (the lithium battery say 3.6 volts) with either two
or three AA or C cells for practically nothing.  Have any of you used
3volts or 4.5 volts?  I ASSUME (no schematic, of course) that the battery
has an isolating diode on the motherboard so that the exact voltage isn't
crucial, but thought I would check with the experts.  


Terry Zivney, N4TZ/9
00tlzivney at bsuvc.bsu.edu

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