[CQ-Contest] Not QSLing Sprint QSOs - Is this OK?

Jim George n3bb at mindspring.com
Thu Feb 9 18:58:55 EST 2006

At 11:13 AM 2/9/2006 -0600, K4RO Kirk Pickering wrote:
>I've noticed some Sprint operators repeatedly do not
>QSL a completed Sprint QSO. Some of those operating
>in this fashion are in the top ten, and my guess is
>that they are off making a QSO on the second radio
>after they got my number OK. Is this considered proper
>technique among the top tier two radio Sprint operators?

No!  One must QSL every QSO with a "dit" or "R" or "TU" or something.  Only 
one signal may be transmitted at a time.  Operators who do not QSL are not 
completing their QSO.  There are occasions when they might be completing 
their 2nd radio CQ on another band, but they must curtail that and  switch 
back and QSL your QSO of you have every right to delete the QSO.  When the 
other station is late sending the "R" or "TU," etc, they make it very 
difficult as other stations will call you to start another QSO and complete 
your "couplet," and so the first station runs the risk of not being heard, 
and losing the QSO with you.  Of course, this hurts both operators.  It's a 
bad practice to be late with the "QSL," and unethical not to QSL at all.

>I'm still trying to crack the two radio gate open here
>in the CW Sprint.  I've read Tree's and Fisher's posts,
>and N3BB has helped me understand what's going on as well.
>I want to know if not QSLing is considered acceptable.
>I know some have argued "just take 'em out of the log if
>they don't QSL."  But who wants to kill their own score,
>after making an otherwise solid  QSO?  I'd like to know
>the top competitors opinions on CW Sprint QSO QSLing.
>-Kirk  K4RO

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