[CQ-Contest] Use cut numbers judiciously

John T. Laney III k4bai at worldnet.att.net
Thu Feb 19 07:58:41 EST 2009

And "V" is not an acceptable cut number for "4" anyway.  4 like 6 has no 
acceptable cut number.  The worst one I have encountered is often found 
by primarily European stations who send "J" instead of "1."  If you must 
send a cut number for "1," is is "A," not J.  When a number is called 
for and someone sends "J," it is often impossible to determine if they 
are mistakenly sending a "J" when they mean "1" or if they are 
defectively trying to send a "2."  My sense is that it is nearly always 
meant to be a "1," as in 100 watts power.  Of course, if they are trying 
to send a zone such as "J4" for "14," is is easier to figure out than 
when it is in ARRL DX and they are supposed to be sending their power.  
Not too many people run 200 watts in that contest since it puts them 
into the high power category, but doesn't increase their signal enough 
to justify competing with the 1.5 KW stations. 

So, please spread the word. Don't use "J" or "V" as a cut number.  73, 
John, K4BAI.

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