[CQ-Contest] Short contest calls.

Tim Makins, EI8IC contesting at eircom.net
Mon Dec 2 16:47:28 EST 2002

Although there are no international regulations saying you must use a
sensible prefix, why on earth wouldn't you want to do so ? By having a
callsign that confuses everybody, you are just wasting their time as well as
your own. You lose operating time generated by frequent location requests,
whilst they lose time in other ways. I wonder how many people waited for the
beam to swing around to what they thought was the correct direction, noticed
the signal got weaker, and tried to peak it by guesswork or ear ? Or how
many sat in a pileup for a new mult, only to find it was xxx-ville. Or spent
time wondering how to get their logger to accept the call ? And what right
have they got to waste the time of busy people like Jim AD1C and others who
have to track them down and enter them into the .cty lists ??? This is pure
selfishness on behalf of the operator. Whatever the reasons for holding on
to their cherished or 'cool' callsign, I would like them banned from all
future contests.

Final thought: We may as well all pay for North Korean callsigns, and use
them, in my case, /EI
Should be good for a few pileups ? What do you think ?

73s Tim P5ABC/EI
Contester resources. Interesting Maps.

----- Original Message -----
From: "KOHB" <k0hb at earthlink.net>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jan Erik Holm" <sm2ekm at telia.com>
> > Talking about US calls, can you people explain this to me, it?s
> > been puzzling me for years.
> > There is a K6 guy operating from KH6, he doesn?t sign /KH6
> > or KH6/ just his K6 and two letter suffix. I have asked him on
> > the air and he says it?s perfectly right. How can it be?? Does
> > not seem to follow international regulations which also are signed
> > by the USA.
> The "K6" suffix is assigned to the USA.  Hawaii is part of the USA.  There
is no
> international regulation which says Hawaii stations must sign "KH6".  In
> Hawaii was originally "K6" and California was "W6" only.  Within the
borders of
> a country there is no international regulation how the prefixes must be
> allocated.
> o?o  73, de Hans, K0HB

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