[CQ-Contest] Short contest calls.

James Neiger n6tj at sbcglobal.net
Mon Dec 2 21:15:40 EST 2002

In my opinion, this is beyond silly.  If some guys are creative enough to
get a call they want/like, so what??

Why does everything have to look the same?  With packet, lists, nets, super
check partial, .CTY files, etc etc ad nauseum, this incessant 'dumbing down'
of operator skills is making operating a JOKE.

 So you have to be smart enough to rotate your antenna and peak the signal,
so what?
And you can't hear them send Zone 27 ONE TIME and figure out that this just
might be Guam?  Or does one suppose the "G" stands for Georgia??  And so
what if YOU have to modify your CTY.DAT file?  And since when is it AD1C's
job to do it for you?

If using a less than standard call, whatever that is, and it hurts the
guy(s) behind the call, so what?  It's their choice, and no one else's.

Wake up, Virginia, the silly season is upon us.

Jim Neiger N6TJ

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim Makins, EI8IC" <contesting at eircom.net>
To: "CQ Contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 8:47 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Short contest calls.

> 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
> 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
> beam to swing around to what they thought was the correct direction,
> 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
> 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
> have to track them down and enter them into the .cty lists ??? This is
> 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
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> ----- 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.
> is no
> > international regulation which says Hawaii stations must sign "KH6".  In
> fact,
> > 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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