[CQ-Contest] Life in the World of Packet

Tue Feb 20 23:59:36 EST 2007

I am at a loss, but not for words. I was S&P and came across ES5E CQing. I 
had asked him to repeat his call because I wanted to be sure I had all the 
dits in the right places. I worked him at 0700Z on 7021. I, after this 
discussion started, queried the cluster and there were no spots for him or 
EE5E anywhere near that frequency and none within hours of that time. I have 
been a CW guy for 50 years and can't even remember the last time I entered a 
SSB contest. I know its never been from my N7 call(10 years). I think 
everyone knows my feelings about packet during contests so I never saw any 
the mistakes made by spotters. However, I did have packet connected to my 
logging screen during this contest. I was sending the 160 meter spots to my 
logging program waiting for VK9DNX because I needed VK9 on 160. During the 
contest I was SOSB40 so there was no problem watching the 160 spots.
The bottom line to all those words is I'm sticking to ES5E until otherwise 
proven wrong, and in my case if I told you the price of an ounce of doubt 
you would faint.
Best 73


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Doug Grant
  To: cq-contest at contesting.com
  Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 14:46
  Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Life in the World of Packet

  Well, Mal - I guess you'll just have to wait until the LCR reports come 
  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 
  indicate that you did in fact work EE5E and not ES5E. Maybe you worked 
  What is the current price for an ounce of doubt in Bullhead City these 

  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 
  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 
  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.

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