[CQ-Contest] Going Over to the Dark Side

Zack Widup w9sz at prairienet.org
Mon Jan 13 08:44:26 EST 2003

On Sun, 12 Jan 2003, Mark Beckwith wrote:

> > If you weren't bothered enough to copy down their calls, why would you
> > bother to tell the story?
> I also want to remind Ron that a highly efficient contest op probably spent
> enough time on that frequency to hear
> ...WN3VAW K
> or
> [the end of something] followed by [silence]
> And then did what any contester would do.  That don't make it wrong.  The
> "offending" contesters were probably completely unaware they were being
> perceived as offensive.  They probably spent another 1.2 seconds listening
> to dead air and then headed up the band, innocently oblivious to the
> presence of rare DX.
> The downside of Sharing.
> Mark, N5OT

If someone only did this once, and then figured out the other station
wasn't in the contest and had a sked or was calling someone else, they
should leave him alone.  I wouldn't call and call repeatedly.

I remember when I was fairly new to contesting and heard stations calling
"CQ BERU" or "CQ FOC" I would try to work them and get shunned.  I didn't
know at the time those were closed contests and wanted to join in on the
fun. I guess that's the other side of the coin!  :-)

73, Zack W9SZ

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