[CQ-Contest] Casual Contesting

David Robbins K1TTT k1ttt at arrl.net
Thu Dec 22 16:56:29 EST 2005

They are probably counted because they are identified automatically by the
software so they can be checked to see if they are bad calls... and since
they are already identified its easy to count them.  There are lots of
reasons why some stations may have more uniques than others, but as long as
there is no penalty for them the only real use for identifying them is as a
(maybe) interesting statistic.

David Robbins K1TTT
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com [mailto:cq-contest-
> bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Alan Zack
> Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2005 00:24
> To: sawyered at earthlink.net
> Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Casual Contesting
> I am sure there are many more like out out there, Ed.  It always makes
> me wonder why the log checkers list unique calls logged (calls that may
> appear in your own log but no others).  Sometimes a non contesting
> friend may answer my CQ and tell me he is not in the contest but wants
> to give me a point or two.  He is now an unique in my log.  Once I heard
> a VU station signing off after a QSO and I called him and asked if I
> could log him for a contest mult.  He said FB and gave me his signal
> report.  Another unique.  I will admit I usually don't have many uniques
> in my LCR's but just wonder why they are even counted.
> sawyered at earthlink.net wrote:
> >I must say that I am surprised by some comments about casual contesting.
> I often times will be tuning the band on some random weekend and hear a
> contest going on EU, SA, Asia, State QSO party or whatever.  I VERY
> FREQUENTLY will join in for half an hour or more.  Sometimes make 20 - 50
> QSOs.  I often don't know the rules but pick up the exchange by listening
> in to a few QSOs.  If its serial, that's what they get, zone, state, age,
> whatever.
> >
> >I have NEVER sent in a log in those interludes.  Have NO IDEA if there is
> a power limitiation or anything else.  Don't care, I am not submitting a
> log and therefore am beholden to no-one but the FCC and good gentlemanly
> and ethical practice of radio operating.  I always felt that I was
> returning the favor of the many who do the same for me, I am sure, as I
> work WPX or IARU or whatever.  Still do, despite some of these comments.
> >
> >I never felt that 20 - 50 Qs was enough to be material to the contest and
> therefore did not feel compelled to send in a log.
> >
> >I can't think that I am alone in these practices nor do I feel there is
> anything wrong with it but instead increases the enjoyment of the serious
> ones that I contact.
> >
> >73
> >
> >Ed  N1UR  (feel free to contact me in ANY contest you hear me in.  Log
> submittal optional.)
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