[CQ-Contest] ARRL "endorses" cut numbers

Dennis Younker NE6I ne6i at cox.net
Wed Jun 6 00:41:27 EDT 2007

This brings up the point that when the rules say that a QSO "number" will be 
sent, a cut number is apparently not technically legal.

--Dennis, NE6I

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Pruett" <k8cc at comcast.net>
Cc: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2007 8:20 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL "endorses" cut numbers

>I would like to remind everyone that "using" cut numbers is not the same
> thing as "logging" cut numbers.
> I check the logs for the ARRL 10M contest, where DX stations send RST &
> serial numbers for their exchange.  If the station sends you a number
> with cut digits, it is *your* responsibility to turn those into numeric
> digits in your log.  QSO numbers containing alphabetic digits will be
> scored as non-valid (no penalties, but you lose the QSO).  This
> direction was concurred to by the ARRL Contest Department.
> I'm sure someone will claim "but I just copied what was sent".  No
> matter - the rules say a QSO *number* must be received and logged, so it
> is the entrant's responsibility to make the translation, not the log
> checkers.  The entrant is the person present when the QSO is made; if
> there is any doubt as to what the number is, they are the only ones who
> can ask for a fill and remove all doubt.
> Again, it's not my intent to deter the use of cut numbers (although I
> personally will not), but I want to make it clear that the log (at least
> for ARRL 10M) must show actual numbers for the QSO to be valid.
> Dave/K8CC
> Steve Harrison wrote:
>> At 11:22 PM 6/4/2007 +0000, kr2q at optonline.net wrote:
>>> Sorry...couldn't resist.
>>> See the section titled "Work the Experts" - this is an intro
>>> for newbies who "can copy and send Morse code at 5 to 10 WPM."
>>> http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2003/10/21/1/
>> Oh, brother..... I really didn't need to read that  ;o(((((((
>> It's been several decades since I did a SS and maybe things have sorta
>> "evolved" in the meantime......  So I haven't the vaguest idea whether, 
>> for
>> example, during the 2006 SS, A was often used by the faster ops for 1.
>>> Even QRPers get it.
>>> See "The 'Secret' Language of the Exchange"
>>> http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2002/10/21/1/
>> I can see that, considering the QRPers are a pretty tight-knit and close
>> group. When I was doing high-speed meteor scatter, we also had a few
>> shortcuts we'd sometimes take that could completely bamboozle a newbie.
>> Steve, K0XP
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