[CQ-Contest] To ID or not to ID

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mb.sympatico.ca
Tue Feb 3 08:33:36 EST 2004

Hello all,

I'm really confused by all this hype about IDing, and how not IDing
frequently enough is a waste of time for latecomers to the pileup.

I just cannot understand why anybody would waste a nanosecond on a pileup of
infrequent IDing. If the pileup is so big that the other station isn't IDing
every Q, it's going to be there a while. Tune on, come back later. (This is
what those Quick Memories are for.) There's no guarantee you're going to
crack the pileup on the first call anyway.

Considering the stations who have said they'll call the guy and ask his
call, and then suggest it serves him right if it's a dupe fail to realize
that this has wasted their time just as much. Make a stand on principle if
you must, I suppose, but don't pretend it's sound operating practice. If the
bands are that busy that his infrequent IDing costs you time, there are
other stations you can work. If the bands aren't that busy, then it doesn't

The S stands for Search, not Stay. Pounce when you know it's fresh meat.
Otherwise, keep searching. Your rate depends on your ability to find
stations you can work, not on your ability to force other stations to ID.
Worry about how well YOU operate. Don't let others' perceived sins affect
your rate. Focus, focus, focus.

73, kelly

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