[CQ-Contest] Use cut numbers judiciously

Paul J. Piercey p.piercey at nl.rogers.com
Thu Feb 19 16:38:24 EST 2009

Personally, I don't think cut numbers should be used in any portion of the
exchange that is vital. Apparently the RST is no longer something that need
to be accurate so using 5nn or enn is fine with me but the "real" part of
the exchange, whether it be a zone or serial, etc, should be full numbers.

I'd even let you use cut numbers for leading zeroes :)

73 -- Paul VO1HE

> -----Original Message-----
> From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com 
> [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of John 
> T. Laney III
> Sent: February 19, 2009 12:59
> Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Use cut numbers judiciously
> 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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