[CQ-Contest] Just when you think

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mts.net
Sat Jan 15 15:33:31 EST 2005

Clearly the 3Y0GP example is beyond the realm of reason.

N2IC's suggestion of AT LEAST signing once per 3 QSOs, particularly in a
contest where 3 QSOs can happen in less than 30 seconds, isn't unreasonable.

Here's the thinking from the other end of the pileup (and remember, I am NOT
advocating a 3Y0GP approach): if there are 30 stations in the pileup who
know his call, there's plenty of fresh meat available. The stations who spin
the dial and move on aren't going to materially affect his score,
particularly when the pileup from start to finish is already more stations
than he can work.

Here's where I don't get bent out of shape about signing every Q: when it's
a strong pileup, when he's working it efficiently and when he's signing
every 3 or 4 Qs.

If it's a moderate to slow pileup, signing every Q certainly makes the most

The guy running the pileup is trying to manage it in a way that's best for
him. If that departs from what's best for S&Pers, it will either affect his
score and not be best for him or it's immaterial to him.

Of course, it could also be pointed out that 3Y0GP seemed to be running well
despite his lack of ID.

This is the kind of thing that memories, second VFOs or SO2R is for.

73, kelly

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Coleman" <aa4lr at arrl.net>
To: "Eric Hilding" <dx35 at hilding.com>
Cc: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2005 8:48 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Just when you think

> On Jan 14, 2005, at 10:42 PM, Eric Hilding wrote:
> > 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.
> I've always failed to understand this from the DX perspective. What's
> to be gained by not sending your call, especially in contests? How else
> are stations supposed to know who you are? And after a few QSOs, you
> end up with guys calling "Your Call?" over top of you, adding to the
> overall bedlam of the pileup. The worse the pileup, the harder it is to
> work stations.
> Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr at arrl.net
> Quote: "Not within a thousand years will man ever fly!"
>              -- Wilbur Wright, 1901
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