[CQ-Contest] How frequent to ID? Every QSO? No way!
dx35 at hilding.com
Wed Jan 19 00:54:29 EST 2005
Doug, VE5RA wrote:
> Now look at the above from the view point this time of a station already
> in the pile-up. You come along and want to bully the other stations
> calling (that's you or me me me at the expense of others). As one low
> power operator stated not iding every QSO gives the weaker calling
> stations a chance to work the 'DX' in a smaller pile-up. Bullying your
> way past the weaker stations is sportsmanship? Come on, it exude
> selfishness. Is it right for you to push past others who have been
> waiting longer than you?
To the best of my knowledge, there are no "first in, first out" rules for
pile-ups. The closest thing would be when a DX station is specifically
working by call areas.
QRP & Low Power ops get a break in the final scores, NOT in the pile-ups
themselves. All the more reason why these ops need be smarter at
"out-operating" the "bullies" (as I think you are referring to the
High-Power entry class ops).
When I was operating a contest in the Caribbean last year, near the end of
the event there was a sizeable pileup where so many loud stations were
almost dead zero beat that it was nothing but a pumping mass. I sent QRZ
(hoping someone would be smart enough to QSY a bit). Yup...while everyone
else stayed put in an unintelligible mess, smart-thinking QRP op Dale,
KG5U, went up from the pile sufficiently and stuck out like a sore thumb
(even though not as strong as everyone else). Guess who I worked
next? Yup. And to his credit, Dale did not sign KG5U/QRP (Thank God).
I actually sat there chuckling at the time and made a mental note to
compliment Dale when I got back home. Umh, I was a bit tardy in doing so,
but finally did send Dale an email with congrats for his skillful
assessment of the situation and sharp operating at the time.
QRP & LP ops take note: The Biblical story of David & Goliath has
practical application to contest operating...if one substitutes frequencies
for stones :-)
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