[CQ-Contest] What's BUSTED ?

Jim Reisert AD1C jjreisert at alum.mit.edu
Mon Mar 6 15:03:00 EST 2000

At 12:23 PM 3/6/00 -0600, Kenneth E. Harker wrote:
>In response to Mike N2MG who wrote:
> > All this "nefarious" stuff aside, I found the fact that a "G3XYZBUSTED"
> > appeared on the BandMap to be a great eye-opener. Typing BUSTED only into
> > the comments area is much less useful as it scrolls off the (usually hidden
> > or non-existent) packet window WAY too fast to notice.
>I think it would be much more useful if the person who detected the "busted"
>callsign spot would instead spot the correct callsign.

Ken, you need to do BOTH.

I originally disliked the busted thing (you can't work HP9ZBUSTED so why 
spot it?) but I have seen the light.     I hope more people do this.

If I have HP9Z in my ANNOUNCE window, immediately followed by HP9ZBUSTED, 
then I know not to bother going to the frequency (let's say I have a good 
run going, and don't want to QSY for a mult right away).  If I have just 
HP9Z, and I go there (hey, things are slow and I still need Panama), and I 
find 8P9Z there instead, what do I do?  Well, HP9Z is still in logging 
program, waiting for me to hit enter.  It takes only a minimal amount of 
work to type BUSTED after the call, put out the spot, and return to my run 
frequency.  A trivial amount of extra work.

Now let's say instead I just put out the 8P9Z corrected spot (which is a 
little more work than before, because you have to wipe out the old busted 
call or do some magical editing).  Everyone still has HP9Z in their 
ANNOUNCE window, and I bet a dozen people go after it.  Probably no one 
needed 8P9Z anyway, so that call would NOT be in the announce window, so 
there is NO INDICATION that HP9Z was busted.

Like I said, you need both.  It's a great convention and I hope more people 
follow it.

73 - Jim AD1C

Jim Reisert AD1C <jjreisert at alum.mit.edu>

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