[CQ-Contest] J7zeroJ Spots

David Gilbert xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Wed Feb 21 15:39:36 EST 2007

Hi, George.

I didn't use the cluster this contest, but I'd bet $100 that the 
majority of J7zeroJ spots were typos caused by a bad keystroke rather 
than by bad copy.  The "O" and the zero keys are close together, and I 
occasionally find myself crossing neurons when I type those characters 
...  though, in my case it's usually typing an "O" instead of a zero.

That being said, it seems to me that living with bad spots comes with 
the territory.  Lots of those ops you complain can't copy code are 
relying on the cluster to know your callsign period (the valid one), or 
even to know you're on the band, and at least some of them are giving 
you valid contacts you wouldn't otherwise get.  Hard to say where the 
crossover point is, but it might be a wash.  I'm not trying to denigrate 
cluster use, and I sometimes use it myself during a contest, but like 
any other multivariable system it's hard to isolate the impact of any 
single input.

You guys did a great job, by the way.  Nice signals, clean exchanges, 
and the pileups were handled very well.

Dave  AB7E

Subvert the dominant paradigm.

Georgek5kg at aol.com wrote:
> 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

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