[CQ-Contest] Short contest calls.

Michael Keane, K1MK k1mk at arrl.net
Sun Dec 1 20:25:02 EST 2002

At 12:19 AM 12/1/02, Ron Notarius WN3VAW wrote:

>... if the K2G operators applied for a 1x1 with the intention of using a 
>short call in the contest as their primary objective... it was also in 
>violation of the spirit (if not the letter) of the FCC rules involving 
>Special Calls.

It appears that way at first glance. However recall that "Coordinators have 
wide latitude...", and then look back at what coordinators have actually 
permitted in the past.

Publicly significant?  Well, who other than hams cared or were even aware 
about operations such as K5K, K7K, K1B, etc. I guess those DXpeditions must 
have been "one time, non-recurring celebrations". Their requests for 1x1 
callsigns couldn't have been granted just so a DXpedition would have a 
short call sign. ;-)

Given that, requesting K2G for a CQWW expedition may have been completely 
in keeping with the established precedents for how the rules governing 1x1 
callsigns are applied.

All of this doesn't change the fact that K2G was a poor choice for a 
contest call.

Mike K1MK

Michael Keane, K1MK
k1mk at arrl.net

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