[CQ-Contest] Just when you think

Steve London n2ic at arrl.net
Sat Jan 15 15:29:34 EST 2005

During CQWW CW, the behavior of most of the top-10 single-op DX stations 
was deplorable, especially during the first 24 hours !  As a single-op, 
all-band, NON-packet, unassisted participant, it is downright rude for 
you to not sign your call at least every 3 or 4 QSO's.  It is totally 
unacceptable for you to ignore me when I ask you for your call.

As a result of my experience in CQWW, I am instituting a new policy - if 
you ignore my request for your call, I'm not going to wait around until 
you feel like signing your call.  No QSO in my log !  I strongly 
encourage others to do the same.  I may lose a QSO or multiplier, but 
guess what - you're going to lose a QSO AND you're going to be penalized 
3 more QSO's for a not-in-log. You don't like that ?  Tough - sign your 
call !

Steve, N2IC

Eric Hilding wrote:
> 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.
> 73,
> Rick, K6VVA
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