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

George Fremin III geoiii at kkn.net
Tue Jan 18 11:54:07 EST 2005

On Tue, Jan 18, 2005 at 08:20:38AM -0800, Eric Hilding wrote:
> > 
> http://lists.contesting.com/archives//html/CQ-Contest/1998-07/msg00386.html
> >
> > is the defintive comment on this subject.
> I have great admiration and respect for Dick, N6AA...one of the best ops 
> around, to be sure.
> However, I believe his assertions leave some open gaps to "gross 
> misinterpretation" that would perpetuate the mentality of some DX ops that 
> one ID every 7 to 10 QSOs in a contest is acceptable. 

I do not that that Dick's comments will register with
the poor operators you describe.  Dick's post was directed at
the people who want to insist that some other station has
to sign his callsign everytime or for that matter every three contacts.

The point is, it is not cut and dired. 

> Unlike Dick's high 
> skill level, in most cases I've observed of these non-ID'ing stations, they 
> also demonstrate significant "Alligator" level skills and 50 percent of the 
> time can't get a caller's callsign right the first time.  That's like a 
> double whammy time-waster for all the other ops who must sit and wait for 
> Mystery Man to fess up with his own ID up in addition to having waiting for 
> all the callsign repeats for him to get his log right.

There are always some number inexperianced operators on the bands. 
This is true now and it was true 40 years ago.
They are on both sides of the pileup.  It is up to the skilled 
operator to make the best of what comes his way in a contest or

> Once again, I call on the Contest Sponsors themselves to step up to the 
> plate and exercise some Leadership in this matter.  One additional sentence 
> for clarification in the even rules won't place an additional major burden 
> on ink, toner or paper supplies.

Are you saying you want a rule that stations must send their callsign
at some set number of times? 

Or would this just be a suggestion of good operating practice?

George Fremin III - K5TR
geoiii at kkn.net

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