[CQ-Contest] Typing practice

James Cain cainjim at mindspring.com
Wed Aug 3 12:38:54 EDT 2005

Jeff Maass, said:

>I was distressed when looking through the PJ2T UBN for a CQWW CW to find that we lost two P4 QSOs on 160 meters when the operator typed the letter "O" (Oh) >instead of the digit "0" (zero) in the "P40" prefixes. 

>A stupid, very hard-to-find typo that a human log checker would never find/penalize, but which the computerized log checking finds and penalizes with mechanized glee!

Blame the idiot who put oh next to zero on the keyboard.

Someone could write a little program to scrub a Cabrillo log for errors like this before submission. i.e., "P Four OH is not a valid prefix." And logging programs, in fact, every program, should put a slash through zeroes.

When I was an air traffic controller (1970-73) hand-writing "flight progress strips," we underlined "5" to differentiate it from "S." Of course, there was something at stake there ....

Jim Cain, K1TN
"No cell phone, no worry"

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