[CQ-Contest] Life in the World of Packet

Doug Grant k1dg at ix.netcom.com
Tue Feb 20 09:46:42 EST 2007

N7MAL said:

> I'm really cornfused. I worked ES5E on 40CW. I asked him to repeat his 
> call
> several times and almost every time he sent it it was ES5E. I don't use
> packet during the contest but just queried it a minute ago. There was 1 
> spot
> for ES5E on 40 all the rest were EE5E on 40-15. There is not 1 ounce of
> doubt I worked ES5E.

Well, Mal - I guess you'll just have to wait until the LCR reports come out 
or after you send a QSL to ES5E to find out for sure. As a courtesy to the 
station owner (EA5RS), I will be sending out QSLs to every station in the 
EE5E log so perhaps you will eventually get a card via the bureau that will 
indicate that you did in fact work EE5E and not ES5E. Maybe you worked both. 
What is the current price for an ounce of doubt in Bullhead City these days?

There were numerous busted spots for our call, including E5E, EI5E, and 
others, so you were certainly not alone if you busted the call. It was 
always interesting to see who was watching packet and obediently jumping on 
every spot without a sanity-check, since every bad spot led to a flood of 
dupes. Nearly all sending (and ALL CQing) was done by computer, so most of 
the busted spots were due to receiving errors and not transmitting errors. 
When we were callign guys, we were usually careful to send a "DE" before the 
call to avoid clipping the first dit. If you answered an EE5E CQ or "TU", 
there is absolutely no way the call was sent incorrectly.

W9SZ said:
>  Heehee - EE5E was a real callsign.  I got a list of expected operations
>  before the contest and that one was on the list.  We talked about it
>  before the contest started and it turned out to be one of the first
>  stations we worked. I kind of liked the sound of it on CW!

It was my idea. I knew I would be in Spain on business for the week leading 
up to the contest, and when I told EA5RS about it at WRTC in July, I 
suggested that callsign (having used ED6B in 2006), and it was approved on 
Friday morning before the contest. RS, EA5BY, and EA5FID (the other ops) 
thought I was nuts at first, but finally decided that they liked it after 
all. Admit it - at some time in your past, you've wondered what the shortest 
CW call could be, and it was this one.

W4ZW said:
> If he planned it for a lot of discussion and spotting, it worked!

Yep. And I think it put a lot of smiles on people's faces over the course of 
the weekend. Based on the packet spots we saw, mission accomplished.

Hope everyone had as much fun as we did. I still love this game.


Doug K1DG 

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