[CQ-Contest] To ID or not to ID

Zack Widup w9sz at prairienet.org
Sat Apr 5 12:06:05 EST 2003

On Sat, 5 Apr 2003, Ed Parish K1EP wrote:

> At 09:33 AM 4/5/03 -0600, Zack Widup wrote:
> >This is perfectly acceptable to me.  I'll wait around if your rate is high
> >and you ID every 3 calls when I'm doing S&P.  If someone is only working
> >one every 2 minutes though, it's unlikely I'll stick around.
> >
> >Another practice I don't care for is when the other station just sends his
> >call after working me, no "TU" or "R" or anything.  It isn't always
> >obvious I've had a good QSO.  In the past when this happened, I was in
> >doubt and deleted the QSO.  Now I just leave it in. But how much is your
> >rate going to decline by just adding "R" after each completed QSO?
> I assume you are talking about CW.  I would agree with you that a TU, CFM, or R should be sent.  But on SSB, I think that just the call is acceptable.  Information can be conveyed with the tone of your voice, which can't be done on CW.  What I can't stand, is when you do ID after EVERY QSO and someone pops in with "your call?" or CL? (on CW).   In that case, I will ignore him and continue with my run or CQ'ing.

Yep. I was taling about CW.  I don't get on phone much.  :-)

If a station keeps saying "call?" after you announce it each time, he
either can't copy fast enough (CW) or can't hear you well enough to make
the QSO.  There may be other reasons but I'm being kind.

73, Zack W9SZ

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