[CQ-Contest] More on cut numbers

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mb.sympatico.ca
Thu May 29 23:58:37 EDT 1997

IMHO, this brouhaha about cut numbers is NOT about rules. After all, 
nobody objects when in CWSS K5ZD sends WMA, or K1AR sends NYLI, even 
though the correct response is Western Massachusetts or New York Long 

Cut numbers are merely an abbreviation of the required exchange, which is 
not an issue with respect to other contest's rules so should not be an 
rules issue here.

That said, I think the opposition really stems from the fact they are 
confusing. I prefer to get serials with only the zeroes abbreviated to 
Ts. UTT or ANTA -- or AUU for that matter -- just adds unnecesary mental 
gymnastics to the process. After all, how much time does it really save 
to do u instead of 2?

I think this cut numbers thing has flared up because were still on the 
first radius of the learning curve. I can imagine that if cut numbers 
continue, in a couple of years, we'll be wondering why we never adopted 
them sooner.

That's my two cents, which is about all it's worth.

73 to all.

kelly taylor
ve4xt at mb.sympatico.ca

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