[CQ-Contest] CQ WW SSB. Mathematics

Kenneth E. Harker kenharker at kenharker.com
Wed Aug 3 20:19:24 EDT 2005

On Wed, Aug 03, 2005 at 10:25:16AM -0500, Doug Smith W9WI wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-08-02 at 22:16, Mark Steven Williams wrote:
> > Well, I have one for that, too. I used to be N4OKX. Actually received QSL 
> > cards made out to N40KX (november four-zero kilo xray) and SSB ops who would 
> > respond to my call like that. Who knows how they logged it.
> See, this is the dilemna with docking a station when the other guy busts
> his info.  N4-oh-KX works W9WI; W9WI's log says N4-zero-KX.  
> So is it fair to dock Mark 2 points if he didn't insist on hearing his
> call properly given?  Probably.  Is it fair to dock him 2 points if he
> did hear me give his call properly, but I typo'd it?  I'd say not.  The
> contest sponsor has no way of knowing which situation applies.  
> How many of you insist that the other guy repeat your *exchange*?  
> K5ZD says "59 Massachusetts"...  and I type "59 MS"...  should Randy be
> docked because he didn't ensure I logged his state properly?  

In neither of your two examples will the other station lose points for
your errors.  Any kind of single-character-mistake in callsigns will 
still mtach as a QSO, and it is only the station that logged the call wrong
that will be penalized, NOT both stations.  And certainly in any contest
with a static exchange, the log checking software is not going to ding 
a contestant because someone else broke the exchange.

Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
kenharker at kenharker.com

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