[CQ-Contest] Short contest calls.

Jim Reisert AD1C jjreisert at alum.mit.edu
Tue Dec 3 08:53:37 EST 2002

At 04:47 PM 12/2/2002 +0000, Tim Makins, EI8IC wrote:

>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 ???

The country file is more to prevent you from missing a needed multiplier 
than to help you copy the zone correctly.  The country file can also 
prevent you from wasting your time when an out-of-zone station is spotted 
on packet, i.e. AA6TT who we have never worked from Zone 3, but have worked 
from Zone 4 and Zone 5.  It *just so happens* that both purposes are served 
by an accurate country file.  USA callsigns not withstanding, of course 
:-)  Yes, it can be viewed as a "crutch" as K0HB put it, but I prefer not 
to think of it that way.

73 - Jim AD1C

p.s.  IMO, non-standard calls are confusing and more trouble than they're 

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