[CQ-Contest] Funky calls in MASTER.DTA
David A. Pruett
k8cc at comcast.net
Thu Dec 12 19:54:56 EST 2002
K9TM and I compile and publish the master callsign databases for use with
most of the popular logging programs. These databases come from logs sent
to us from contesters around the world. How it works is that if a callsign
appears in the logs a certain number of times, we include it in the
database. The assumption is that if enough people work a particular
callsign, it must be good.
Well, the converse is also true - if enough people bust the call, it will
show up in the database as well, which arguably promotes it being busted
further. The most busted call we know of is OE5OSO (which should be
OE5OHO). Not too long ago, someone pointed out how often T48K was getting
turned into TV8K (and it shows up in the database). Now, we recently
received request from Ron, ND5S pointing out that ND5H (a callsign that is
not issued) shows up in the database every year, and when he calls stations
they often come back to ND5H!
In the interest of having the "cleanest" database possible, if anyone knows
of any problem calls in the database, please let us know. In your note,
you'll have to make a pretty clear case why (or better yet, KNOW) you think
the call is bad, and even then we may check around. No, before anybody
suggests it we're not taking KC1XX out of the database - not that Matt's
station needs any help! :-)
You can send your info to either k8cc at comcast.net or k9tm at buckeye-express.com.
P.S. Just in case anybody is wondering, in the fall at the start of every
contest season we begin from scratch, using only logs from the previous
contest season so the calls in the database are "fresh".
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