[CQ-Contest] Re: K4OJ's problem

Doug Smith W9WI w9wi at w9wi.com
Tue Dec 18 01:02:17 EST 2001

> From: Bill Tippett <btippett at alum.mit.edu>
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] K4OJ's Problem 
> 1.  If the station is water-weak, when I get a call that appears to
> be a dupe I say "QSO B4" and move on.  Why?  Because after getting a
> call sign at the noise margin, the last thing I want to do is to
> struggle getting a unique serial number for a QSO that is a dupe.  

I suppose there's some good reason why not that would have made sense if I
wasn't typing at 1:00am, but...

If he's a dupe, do you really care if you get his serial number right?  Why
not just guess, or make something up?  He's not going to count anyway...

> Of course then there are all the guys who can't send code sending ---...
> (even on repeats which I usually guess as an "8"...but it could be a "7")
> and this inevitably happens when they are weak to boot!

The ones I can do without are..  where he's REALLY weak, and you're not sure
you got the call, so you send "UR CALL DX0XD OK?".  Rather than sending "R"
or "YES" or "QSL", he sends "DX0XD DX0XD DX0XD".  Or, "DX0XD DK0XD DX0XB"...
Did seem to be an unusual number of dupes worked this year. 
Doug Smith W9WI
Pleasant View (Nashville), TN EM66

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