[CQ-Contest] Your thoughts on this one

Kenneth E. Harker kharker at cs.utexas.edu
Sun Dec 1 08:53:22 EST 2002

On Sat, Nov 30, 2002 at 10:18:11PM -0500, Cqtestk4xs at aol.com wrote:
> I received the following email today.  What would you guys do?......Names and
> calls changed to protect the innocent.

If you had received this from just any old contester, you wouldn't cheat 
for them on their behalf.  Does the fact that they claim to be kids make 
cheating for them any better?

The best thing to do is to explain to them why this is unacceptable and

> Subj:    Phone Sweepstakes
> Date:   11/30/02 8:27:30 PM Greenwich Standard Time
> Hi...
>    We need your help.  
>     During the recent ARRL Phone Sweepstakes you made contact with the 
> XYZ Radio Club, Jr located near Anytown.
>     XYZ is an amateur radio club just for kids and we had the 
> pleasure of making a contact with you using our club call: W1XYZ   We 
> had six kids ranging in age from 7 through 14 yrs old participating in 
> the contest.  The kids made most of the contacts and did most of the 
> logging until they crashed around 0300 local.  They picked back up 
> around 0700.
> Unfortunately, due to youthful handwriting, a cranky laptop and old 
> technology, we lost several entries from the contest.  We have recovered 
> most of the "lost" information but a few still need a few holes filled. 
>  In most cases the only thing we're missing are the serial numbers from 
> the exchange.
> Can you confirm our contact and the serial number you provided to us?
> Thanks much.
> This was the first real contest for XYZ and the kids set some 
> challenging goals for themselves:  WAS and a clean sweep.  They just 
> missed both because they never heard Nevada.
> Hope to work you next year.
> 73 de W1XYZ
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University of Texas at Austin                   Amateur Radio Callsign: WM5R
Department of the Computer Sciences      VP, Central Texas DX & Contest Club
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