[CQ-Contest] Unsportsmanlike conduct

Bob Wanderer aa0cy at quadnet.net
Tue Apr 1 22:20:22 EST 2003

Most (perhaps all) Moslem (Muslim) and/or Arab countries
will not permit QSO's with 4X.  When I lived in Israel in
the early 1980's I remember my 4X license prohibited QSO's
with most (perhaps all) Arab countries, but not
(necessarily) with the non-Arab Muslim countries.  (Not all
Muslims are Arabs and not all Arabs are Muslims.)

One morning I heard an AP2 working a pileup.  I checked the
license and did not see Pakistan listed, so I called.
Apparently, Pakistan hams cannot work Israel, because he
came back with "4X6FY, I'm not allowed to work you, but
you're five by nine."  I responded with something along the
lines of Oops, well you're five by nine here too.  He had a
stateside QSL manager, so I figured there was nothing lost
sending a QSL.  If memory serves, I received his back in due

I guess it would have been worse had EO6F worked USA
stations and left them out of his log.  Whether what he did
constituted disqualifiable unsportmanlike conduct or not I
don't know, but at least you knew where he stood.

I would suggest that Tree's examples are irrelevant because
this is an everybody works everybody contest.

Maybe we'll see the reimposition of banned countries lists
as this [censored] war continues; perhaps they'll be
unilateral.  I remember the USA having one in the early
60's.  I don't think any questions concerning its
particulars or its existence were on the examinations
however.  Oh, well.

I guess I don't feel as wrought up about EO6F because I just
"dabble" in the various contests.  No doubt it might be a
different story were I a serious contender (or wannabee
serious contender).  Maybe it's like being jilted by a girl.
Maybe another will come along who won't tell you to get
lost.  Think of it as more her loss than yours, that she
lost out on dating a fascinating fellow; or in this case,
lotsa multipliers and QSO points.


-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com]On Behalf Of Barry
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 10:57 PM
To: Bryan - k0emt; cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: RE: [CQ-Contest] Unsportsmanlike conduct

"but one of the premises of contesting is that it requires
cooperation of all stations involved."

Independent of the irrational actions of an individual ham,
politics have always been a hidden part of ham radio:
not all countries can be worked by all other countries.

When I operated BY1PK in 1984 I was required to agree
that I would not work certain countries (4X4, BV, and
two others that had pissed off the PRC that I can't
immediately recall).  Last year at Dayton, the DXpedition
to Syria reported they had had 24 hour monitoring to ensure
that they did not QSO with 4X4, and I believe Syria is not
alone in their restrictions in working 4X4s.

Barry, W5GN

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