[CQ-Contest] Speaking of Courtesy Violations

KK7SR at arrl.net KK7SR at arrl.net
Mon Oct 30 09:11:29 EST 2000

Greetings -

First, let me say that I had fun during the CQ WW contest - gave out 
as many points as I could, bagged a couple of new countries, went 
into depression when one of my antennas developed a short...

Unfortunately, my memories of the CQ WW will be tainted by the number 
of boorish hams that piled onto a couple of nets that I enjoy just to 
work a needed multiplier.  We are not talking newbies here; there 
were a number of well known contester callsigns heard transmitting 
with reckless abandon and total lack of basic operating courtesy and 
responsibility on a frequency that had been in use for some time.  It 
doesn't matter that the frequency in question was the one asked for 
by the DX station running split.  There is NO excuse for not checking 
to see if a frequency is in use before blasting away with an attempt 
to QSO.

Much has been shared on this list about the need and desire to bring 
newcomers into ham radio and contesting.  It is awfully hard to do 
that when those hams who should be the paradigms of good, 
conscientious operators are, instead, making an art form out of being 
a "lid".

Having vented my electronic spleen, I would like to ask two questions:

	How should this type of activity be dealt with when it happens?

	How do we as contesters limit it in the future?

I relinquish the soapbox.


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