[CQ-Contest] Just when you think

Eric Hilding dx35 at hilding.com
Fri Jan 14 22:42:46 EST 2005

Just when you think you've heard it all.

Only dabbling in the last 10m contest, there was a CX station that I 
observed 2 or 3 different times only giving the callsign ID every TEN QSOs 
or so.  Other DX stations were partially that bad.  I thought I had heard 
the worst during the 10m contest.  Not so.

On 40m tonight, I heard 3G0YP make FIFTEEN QSOs without sending his 
callsign, then send "QSL Via (whatever the call is) but NOT his call, make 
another THREE Qsos, then make a QST about 160m QRV later (but still NOT 
send his call), then make another FIVE Qsos before F-I-N-A-L-L-Y sending 
3G0YP once.

Just when you think you've heard it all.   Gheeeeez.

The reason I am posting this is primarily for DX stations who operate DX 
contests...as an example of what I consider to be "BAD QRV" (even if the 
callsign were to be P5/blahblahblah).  An ID only every 3 QSOs is mildly 
tolerable, but if you're a DX station, as the Contest Season heats up, I 
sincerely hope you will not play such guessing games with operators who 
operate in contests who also want to make the Maximum number of QSOs within 
the alloted time given everyone equally.

In other words, please send your #&^! callsign frequently...in contests AND 
on DX-peditions (many contesters are DX-peditoners).

I compliment the 3B9C group and many other FB ops for consistently 
including their callsign if not every QSO, but at least every 2nd or 3rd one.

Thank you for your cooperation from which thousands of peers can benefit.


Rick, K6VVA

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