[CQ-Contest] Dupes/NIL and Scoring?

Eric Rosenberg W3DQ w3dq at arrl.net
Wed Feb 1 21:14:48 EST 2006

Thanks to all for your comments. It's greatly appreciated.  The answer 
is better to be in the log than not, so work 'em regardless.

I've taken the liberty of posting the response from Mark, N5OT as to 
*why* this may have happened to me and others (NA5NM mentioned this 
phenomenon, too).

"Perhaps you were spotted on packet but they got your call wrong?", he 

I looked in my notes and then back in the log, and there is a 
correlation.  Most of the second day "dupes" were from an early first 
day run. I don't use packet, so have not found myself in that situation.
Interesting observation. Thanks, Mark!

And thanks to all of you for making the CQ 160 a fun contest!


Eric W3DQ
Washington, DC

Mark Beckwith wrote:
> HI Eric.  Log everything.  The sponsor will take out the dupes and 
> there are no longer penalties for dupes because of just this 
> situation.  Perhaps you were spotted on packet but they got your call 
> wrong?  This would also result in a run of dupes all at once.  In that 
> case, the guys logging your call wrong will actually get penalized; 
> you won't if you logged their calls right, even if you did work them 
> before.  They'll just be taken out with no penalty.
> Mark, N5OT
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Eric Rosenberg" <wd3q at starpower.net>
> To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 2:59 PM
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Dupes/NIL and Scoring?
>> Forgive my naive question, as I've not run into this situation before.
>> During the CQ160 this past weekend, I was hit with what I thought 
>> were way
>> too many stations calling me some time after I thought I had worked 
>> them.
>> This is a result of their calling/working someone *very* close to me 
>> that
>> I couldn't/didn't hear, while (unfortunately) being synchronized with 
>> me.
>> My question:  Should I assume the log checkers will deduct points for 
>> the
>> initial NIL and then accept the good QSO?
>> If the answer is to the above is YES, it becomes the justification to
>> just work 'em, even if you *think* they're dupes.
>> Thanks in advance & 73,
>> Eric W3DQ
>> Washington, DC
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