To dupe or not to dupe..
jmellis at ihug.co.nz
Fri Nov 8 09:43:35 EST 1996
Tom Francis wrote:
> My question concerns dupes and is related to the little
> fish thread and I would like the collective opinion...
> To wit:
> Is it better to just work a duplicate DX Q
> or just "QSO B4" and head on?
> My opinion is just work them and go on - after all
> we're all human and can make mistakes - besides, the
> duplicate Q may be a mult and the score could be
> discounted either way....
> Any other opinions??
> Tom, NM1Q (tomf at neca.com)
As an operator from the _DX_ side of a contest, I have to agree
with you on this one.
It is incredibly frustating to call a stateside contest station,
and be told _sorry QSO before_, when that station is not
in my log.
What should I do:
(a) Assume he is right, and I missed logging him first time.
But I cannot log him this time, so I may miss a
(b) Log him anyway, at the time of the _second_ QSO.
This is on the basis that he says we have already worked,
so what is wrong with putting him im my log?
You may wonder how such a situation can arise- but remember that
in a heavy pile up we sometimes hear several layers deep, and
try to pick up a partial call:
* Station ending in G you are 59 xxx*
after hearing the response we try to give positive confirmation:
* WX5G thanks for Texas, QRZ from ZL1ANJ*
But on some occasions more than one station with a _G_ will
respond and claim we worked him. Perhaps our confirmation was
smothered in his local QRM.
The other scenario may be when the band is going into a deep
fade when the stateside op has my info, but I am unable to get
his full call. He logs me as a completed QSO, by I have only
WX??? Try the ARRL 10 meter test for this one.
My request is that if a DX station calls you a second time,
that you pause to give the details of the first QSO (Time, date,freq
exchange etc..) and ask if that was a good contact.
If the DX station *says not in the log yet*, can you can give him a
new QSO and dupe one out of your log?
What does the Contest gang think about this one?
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