[CQ-Contest] Cut Numbers

Bob Naumann - N5NJ n5nj at gte.net
Mon Jun 5 04:34:30 EDT 2000

In my first WPX from outside the U.S. @ V25A (and probably the first
serious CW WPX I've ever done) I found the cut numbers annoying in the
serial numbers.  My team mate N3OC felt that for him, it made copy
easier at times.

In my case, I was unsure that I might have missed something -
especially when signals were not very strong or there was QRM.  I had
to ask numerous times for repeats to be sure (NR?).

I found that without cut numbers and the regular characters being sent
for the digits, the timing was much more predictable.

I also found the mixing of unusual "cuts" unsettling i.e.; for 010 ,
TAO.  N3OC had a guy send TEN - it turned out he meant 010, but Brian
thought perhaps the guy meant O59.

Bottom line for me is that in leading zeros in the serial number or in
RST(5NN) cut numbers are ok - otherwise I prefer the real thing.


Robert E. Naumann
N5NJ / V26O
N5NJ at arrl.net
Plano, TX  USA
ex KR2J, V26RN, W6V, WA2OVE

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