[CQ-Contest] Short calls-the solution

K0LUZ k0luz at topsusa.com
Wed Dec 4 16:38:16 EST 2002

I may be jumping into the middle of something I don't fully appreciate,  but
the statement why have the zone as part of the report in WW is important

I have at least two chances when Searching and Pouncing to decide if I want
to try to work the station I am listening to.  By his call which often is
given about every 20 qos's or by listening to his zone and determining if it
is worthwhile to figure out who this is.  If it a zone 14,  then most likely
I will head on up the band unless there is enough a pileup on the freq to
make me wonder if there isn't something unusual.  If it is zone 27,  I'm
going to wait around and figure out if this is a new country because most
likely,  there are a lot of zone 27 countries I still need for mults in the

Would be a lot more boring contest if all I had to wait for was the call
because it's so much fun to surmise that the zone 21 I am listening to is an
A7 instead of the  A61 that I have already worked on 6 bands.  It's like a
lottery ticket that the numbers haven't been announced yet.  You may have a


-----Original Message-----
"Leigh S. Jones" wrote:

> Maybe, but maybe not.  For instance, in the CQWW you are awarded
> multipliers according to zone and country.  If the zone you send
> (e.g., 1, 3, 4, 5) makes it clear which country you are in, then
> why require it?

Rules need not specify the most efficient or expedient way of doing
things, simply the way in which everyone is required to do things.

If your call started with G, DJ or UA9X why should you be required to
send your zone. It's clear from your call after all. And since we're
been hearing a lot about RST being implict, why require anything? :-)

Even so, you still can't be 100% certain whether you'll be awarded a
country multiplier for working a station in zone 1, 3, 4, or 5 that has
a U.S. call sign.

> In the ARRL contest a station signing a callsign like N6VI and
> sending 599KW can't be pinned down.

And you can't be absolutely sure that N6VI signing 599 05 in CQWW is
going to end up counting for the K multiplier. It's highly likely that
it will, but there remains a non-zero chance that it might count for no
country mult (maratime mobile). Although that's one possibility which is
not worth worrying too much about.

> But your suggestion has some logical flaws: if you sign NH7A, then
> how do we know you're not operating from somewhere in the USA?  Can
> we presume you are not in the USA DXCC location?

If NH7A is participating in a contest that has a rule such as the ARRL
rule, then yes. We should be able to presume that NH7A is abiding by the
contest rules and that he is operating from the KH6 DXCC entity.

> How would you like to have to send NH7A/NH7 through a contest --
> after all, NH7 really indicates USA.

Huh? The sort of rule being discussed specifies that your call sign must
indicate your DXCC entity. NH7A really does indicates a DXCC entity that
is different from the US DXCC entity even if both of those entities are
a part of the USA.

> I could chuckle at the ARRL rule when a station calls me
> with a callsign from the KG4AAA block -- that's a USA 4th district
> callsign...does he have to sign KG4AAA/W4?

Of course not, the rule says call sign, not prefix:

 KG4A   is in the US DXCC entity
 KG4AA  is in the Guantanamo Bay DXCC entity
 KG4AAA is in the US DXCC entity

 KG4/KG4AAA is KG4AAA operating from Guantanamo Bay.
 KG4AAA/W4  is redundant.

Is this really rocket science?

Mike K1MK

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