[CQ-Contest] How frequent to ID? Every QSO? No way!

Doug Smith W9WI w9wi at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 18 00:28:35 EST 2005

On Mon, 2005-01-17 at 17:03, CT1BOH - José Carlos Nunes wrote:
> The importance for a contester, how frequent to ID, is of paramount
> importance to his final score.
> But the clones, because of the time they saved, not signing every QSO, will
> work more QSO's in the 48 hour period:
> ZD8Z                         8000 QSO's
> ZD8Z clone#1            8000+306 QSO's
> ZD8Z clone#2            8000+409 QSO's
> ZD8Z clone#3            8000+460 QSO's
> ZD8Z clone#4            8000+490 QSO's

But you're making the assumption that none of the additional
306/409/460/490 QSOs are dupes.  

If you don't ID frequently, the proportion of dupes among your QSOs will
increase.  Will it increase by more than the additional number of QSOs
you get by not signing?  Good question.

In any case...  failing to ID frequently is discourteous to your fellow
contesters.  I wouldn't say that it rises to the level of CQing without
checking if the frequency is occupied, but IMHO it is a
less-than-fully-ethical behavior.  They have just as much right to
efficient use of their operating time as you do - they have a right to
not have to sit there and listen to someone waiting for them to ID.

(IMHO "frequent" IDing means at least once every three QSOs)
Doug Smith W9WI
Pleasant View (Nashville), TN  EM66

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