[CQ-Contest] SS for NA Only

Bob Wolbert k6xx at juno.com
Mon Nov 10 11:52:09 EST 1997

On Mon, 10 Nov 1997 09:02:28 -0600 Dale Martin <kg5u at hal-pc.org> writes:
>On Sunday, November 09, 1997 11:04 AM, Dick 
>Dievendorff[SMTP:dieven at email.msn.com] wrote:
>  The idea
>that some of my mults will not be in the log disturbs me.  What
>happens when the logs are checked and they find I have ten or twenty
>mults in my log for which there is no corresponding entry in the
>mults' logs?  I'm hosed, right?
>Why not put them in the log.  "0" (zero) in the points column may have
>a negative connotation but it is meaningful to me that it appear in
>your log when my call is in the callsign column. What's it going to

Why not? Well, every logged QSO represents a liability that you (I) made
a mistake. Mistakes cost penalty points. The risk/reward ratio is not

>From a cold, rational perspective, the operator should simply not log
any zero pointers in contests like WPX. Sad, isn't it? This is the
fundamental reason why I oppose zero point Qs in WPX, for example.

(BTW: I do NOT erase zero pointers in my log. If I was a bit more
competitive, I would consider it, though!).

Of course, we are discussing SS, which has a ARRL-flavor to it, so
limiting participation to ARRL regions makes sense by its nature/history.

>>On the other hand, I entered four California QSO parties from 
>England, and
>>do not recall having any California station question a QSO from 
>England.  I
>>assume that this is because of the superior operating skill, higher 
>>average intelligence, greater height, and generally good looks of all 
>>members and even a few SCCC members.

Errr, I cannot vouch for SCCC. Also, most of the NCCC "Bobs" would debate
your "greater height" comment. The rest seems valid!

73 de Bob, K6XX

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