[CQ-Contest] Your thoughts on this one

Tom Baugh tombaugh at discoverynet.com
Sun Dec 1 15:34:38 EST 2002

I recieved an equivalent request from a contest station.
I chose to ignore it.
If I didn't have E-Mail what would they do, Send me a letter?
They'll understand..

----- Original Message -----
From: "Zack Widup" <w9sz at prairienet.org>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 11:53 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Your thoughts on this one

> On Sun, 1 Dec 2002, Ron Notarius WN3VAW wrote:
> > Is this for real?  I mean to say, I have no doubts that the email was
> > received by K4XS, but is there any way to verify the accuracy of the
> > itself?
> >
> > If it is on the level, I would probably confirm the QSO data... after
> > entry deadline for the contest has taken place.  I would also suggest
> > the log entry from the "XYZ" group be sent in with a note explaining
> > happened so that the stations worked would not be penalized due to
> > information from the "XYZ" gang.
> >
> > I hate like heck to risk discouraging youthful operators, but asking for
> > "fill" post contest like this has to be against the spirit, if not the
> > letter, of the contest rules.  I'm nothing but sympathetic, but, well,
> > one ever said life is fair and sometimes them's the breaks.
> >
> I believe that these young operators need to learn that things sometimes
> go wrong and that you need to "roll with the punches" and learn how to
> prevent such problems in the future. Life is not very often fair. They
> also need to learn honesty and that if something is against the rules (as
> this solicitation is), then don't do it.  I consider that far more
> important than learning to have fun during a contest.
> I myself am still a little leery of computers for anything really
> important.  At least the kind you can buy for your home (I certainly
> wouldn't trust one for a life support system). My first contests were done
> by logging with pencil and paper.  Except for contests, I still log other
> QSO's with pen and paper and then transfer them to the computer.  I've
> always dreaded a computer glitch wiping out my data.  A couple years ago
> in an M/S effort which had an extra station as a mult station, one of the
> computer log files got screwed up and we lost maybe 10 or 15 QSO's as a
> result.  We just had to "roll with the punches".
> 73, Zack W9SZ
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