[CQ-Contest] Misleading callsigns

Michael Keane, K1MK k1mk at arrl.net
Sun Dec 8 01:27:44 EST 2002

At 09:24 AM 12/7/02, Kelly Taylor wrote:

>Be that as it may, we can't force the other guy to obey the rules. His
>failure to obey rules does not constitute a void contact for us.

Obviously we can't force the other guy to obey the rules.

But a contact is collaborative effort, so when the other guy fails to 
follow a minimal subset of the rules governing the exchange, can we still 
count it as a valid contest contact?

Would we be arguing in favor of credit being awarded for a contact in which 
the other guy refused to send all of the required exchange, even when asked 
and prompted for the information? So how is the other guy refusing to abide 
by the specified callsign format any different from him refusing to send a 
power or a check?

>Bottom line: DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. Just make sure your log is accurate and
>let those who are empowered to enforce the rules enforce the rules. I
>certainly wouldn't waste any contest time arguing with someone about it.

Agreed, since the contact is just being set as a dupe and no additional 
penalties are assessed. The only thing lost was the time working him. Just 
remember to ignore him next time around ;-)

Mike K1MK

Michael Keane K1MK
k1mk at arrl.net

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