[CQ-Contest] ARRL "Endorses" Cut Numbers

Ward Silver hwardsil at gmail.com
Wed Jun 6 11:59:28 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

Point of clarification - the ARRL rules about QSO numbers only apply to what 
is logged.  They do not apply to the method used to send those numbers. 
Think of the cut numbers as a type of transport encoding, just as the data 
for a photo is encoded when exchanged as email.  There are lots of ways to 
send sound patterns by Morse code that result in a QSO number being entered 
in a log.  For example, I could also spell out "five nine nine" in text or 
even "v ix ix" if I wanted.  As far as adjudication of the logs goes, how 
you get the number from point A to point B doesn't matter as long as the 
transmissions are within the rules of (a) your license and (b) the contest.

73, Ward N0AX 

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