[CQ-Contest] Behavior of U.S. M/M's in CQ WW

Tom Horton k5iid at hiperline.net
Tue Oct 31 11:17:10 EST 2000

  Name the station! I can't believe a station owner would
endorse this type of operation!
73, Tom K5IID

At 03:27 PM 10/31/00 -0500, Nat Heatwole wrote:

>During the CQ WW DX SSB this past weekend I encountered an interesting
>situation and thought I should share it with the group. I got a late start
>on the contest (starting about 1.25 hours late) starting initially by S/Ping
>on 20m. I ran off a few DX QSO's at the bottom of the band before running
>into a very well known, East Coast M/M station calling CQ with what seamed
>like few responses.
>I didn't yet have the Zone 5 mult (this particular M/M's zone) or the USA
>mult so I thought I would work him for the quick and easy double mult. I
>dumped my call in after he finished a CQ and his response was the following:
>"WZ3AR, sorry, we can't work stateside in this one, I won't put you in the
>log, ok?"
>Translation: "I already have Zone 5 on this band so working you would yield
>ME no points, so go away". Why on earth would this M/M chose to do this? Why
>couldn't he have just worked me and be done with it? It actually would have
>taken him LESS time to work me then to explain all of the above to me.
>Therefore it would have been to his ADVANTAGE to actually work me, take the
>zero QSO points, and move on.
>Is this the common policy of all M/M's: don't work anyone in a US zone after
>you already have worked that mult on that band? That seams very selfish to
>me, and it certainly doesn't promote the idea of bringing new people into
>contesting. What should I have done to get the QSO/mults? Should I have told
>him that I had gotten a late start and didn't have 05 yet? Would he then
>have worked me? Could I have done anything? What should be the policy of M/M
>'s in CQ WW?
>73, Nat, WZ3AR
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