[CQ-Contest] J7zeroJ Spots

Georgek5kg at aol.com Georgek5kg at aol.com
Wed Feb 21 11:22:51 EST 2007

In a message dated 2/21/2007 8:07:58 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
aburkefl at comcast.net writes:

I was  running a modest inverted vee at about 50 feet for 40 meters and an 
even  more modest G5RV at about 50 feet for 80 meters. Your sigs
sounded rather  loud on those two bands.

Sorry I duped you guys a couple of times. On  the one hand, I fell into the 
trap of relying on the cluster to ID too  many stations. After the contest
I discovered I had worked J7OJ on four  bands and J7 - ZERO - J on three 
other bands! I refuse to blame it on the  font - it's blame lies with
stupidity - and perhaps laziness,  greed......

A recent thread on the N1MM forum (the same thread has  raged off and on!) 
that it's far more time consuming in a contest like the  ARRL to
tell a station they're a dupe. It's much faster to just work 'em  and get 'em 
out of the way. Now, if it's SweepStakes, that's an entirely  different

Hi Art,
Tnx for the nice comments on our 40 and 80m sigs, and the Qsos, with both  
J7OJ and J7zeroJ, hi.  Those J7zeroJ spots are a real dilemma for us.   Both 
this year and last year, we had over 500 dupes - 7% - (out of 7k+  qsos) largely 
due to the J7zeroJ spots.  (That is a lot of time wasted when  we could have 
been making legitimate contacts.)  I don't know what to do  about it either, 
other than change our contest callsign.  
Not once did we sign J7zeroJ, so they are no doubt posted by ops who can't  
copy code all that well, or at all, for that matter.  How  much can dah-dah-dah 
sound like dah-dah-dah-dah-dah?  Heck, we were  even spotted by one of the 
"big boys" as J7zeroOJ...go figure.
I am posting this note to the CQ-Contest reflector to spread the word about  
the harm of carelessly posting erroneous spots.  
73, Geo...  
George  Wagner, K5KG
941-400-1960  cell
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