[CQ-Contest] Zero-point QSO's in CQWW

Jim George, N3BB N3BB at easy.com
Mon Nov 16 23:01:11 EST 1998

Being in Texas, we get a lot of US calls in a DX contest.  When the bands
are good to DX and you have a good DX pile up calling you, the US stations
generally don't call.  And when they do, you usually can pick out the call
of a DX station. In this past SSB CQWW, when the times were slower and the
US folks started to call a lot, I found it really helpful to comment in a
nice tone of voice that I was looking for DX because we didn't get credit
for the US stations, however if anyone needed me for a mult, that was fine.
It took only a moment to make this comment, and practically no one called
from the US.  It helped my run rates, and seemed to go over well.  I
honestly believe that the bulk of the US stations calling are not aware at
all that they are a no-credit QSO.  At any rate, it made me feel better and
seemed to make the scene a bit more pleasant.  For the stations which
called, I logged them.  :-)

BTW, again, my kudos to N8BJQ for the rules change which gives QSO point
credit for in-country QSOs for the WPX.  That's going to level the playing
field in that one and encourage USA stations away from the coasts to be
more active.  Thanks, Steve.

73,  Jim  N3BB/5

>Hello guys,
>I can't see what all the fuss is about.  No one is going to penalize you
>for having zero pointers in your log.  We all need the US zones.
>I suspect people just don't like the look of a QSO in there log which isn't
>contributing to their score.  Actually, it takes more effort to remove it
>than it does to leave it in, doesn't it?
>I don't mind just as long as the zero pointers aren't lining up to work me,
>like in WPX.  When I'm working zero pointers, I can't be working ones that
>do count.  Once in a while if fine.
>I would think the ops calling you for a zero point QSO should at least be
>considerate enough not to do so during a good EU run or something.  Come by
>and see me sometime when the rate is down.
>73 de Steve, NJ4F
>At 08:38 PM 11/16/98 -0000, Barry Kutner wrote:
>>On 16 Nov 98,, Bill Fisher - W4AN <w4an at contesting.com> wrote:
>>> Personally I believe eliminating country to country QSO's is a good thing.
>>> Yes a SMALL percentage of people will miss 40 zones or 100 countries, but
>>> I dont think the impact of a rule change on 2% of the entrants should
>>> dictate the direction of the contest.  Rules should always be changed (or
>>> not) to benefit the majority of the participants.
>>> 73
>>> Bill - W4AN - K4AAA
>>I would take it to the extreme. Anyone who has a habit of not logging
>>zero pointers (meaning at least 3) should be disqualified for
>>unsportsmanlike conduct.
>>73 Barry
>>P.S. Yes, I believe in the death penalty too.
>>Barry Kutner, W2UP              Internet: w2up at mindspring.com
>>Newtown, PA         FRC         alternate: barry at w2up.wells.com
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