[CQ-Contest] random exchanges

Tim Mitchell tim.k9tm at totalink.net
Wed Apr 28 22:20:36 EDT 1999

K4SB (Ed) wrote:
>SS definitely states you must sign / if not in your area..so tell me how a
> not signing / could possibly be mistaken for Nebraska? Or a 7 for ORG?

I don't believe this statement to be true as written.  I just went and
looked on the ARRL web site again and do not find anything that says this.
The only contest I know this to be a requirement for is WPX... and that is
because the prefix changes, which is the multiplier.  If I am wrong, please
tell me where this is written. I have never heard of this for SS.

I do agree that the VE operating in the US needs to sign /W#... this is an
FCC requirement, not a contest requirement.  The one I don't buy is the W7
in ORG, to me this is possible.

I trust that the person sending ORG knows the difference between ORG in CA
and  OR OREGON... if not, this is not my problem as the receiver.  The log
checking should catch this as the person sending this is supposed to report
what they sent for each QSO.  Even if they don't do that, I think that Tree
would see enough people copying ORG that we would not get dinged for it.
The problem would be people who assume that as a W7 he is in OR and put OR
in their log.

As a 9 in OH... I don't sign /8 in SS.  My station license does not say
K9TM/8 and my OH address.  Neither does K6LL in AZ have to sign /7 (for SS
anyway) or K1TO in SFL have to sign /4 and so on...

73 Tim  K9TM in OH (no /8 required for SS)

-----Original Message-----
From: Edward W. Sleight <k4sb at mindspring.com>
To: CP2235 at aol.com <CP2235 at aol.com>
Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 1999 7:56 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] random exchanges

>> K5RC wrote:
>> << Have all of the logging software programs generate a five-digit
>> hexidecimal
>>  number for each QSO. The first three characters of the hex number would
>>  contain the multiplier info (like state, section, zone, etc), the second
>>  would be random identifiers.   >>
>Right. Then all the software will have to be rewriten, and the authors
>should certainly like that. With a few pesky sections like SCV, LAX,
>ORG, we'll throw out the other 70 plus and change it to hex. Why not
>also require the operator to translate the number into it's decimal
>equivilent at the same time?
>Why not just go to the trouble of learning the rules? SS definitely
>states you must sign / if not in your area..so tell me how a VE9 not
>signing / could possibly be mistaken for Nebraska? Or a 7 for ORG?
>Most programs put the abbreviations right on the screen for you. Is it
>really that much trouble to realize a 4 giving SC is in South
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