[CQ-Contest] No US DX Only - ARRL DX

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Sun Feb 22 22:01:53 EST 2009

I can only recall one USA station call me but it was in a pile up and I was
working the DX first.

I agree it would have taken little time just to work you and move on.  In
fact, AD1C made a post about just this thing happening.

Other than people not know what letters or numbers are in their calls I
thought the contest went pretty smoothly.  

If I come back to the G3 why does the  X8 come back over and over?   

"A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may
never get over." Ben Franklin
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[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of David Wilburn
Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2009 12:20 PM
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Subject: [CQ-Contest] No US DX Only - ARRL DX

Ok, I get it, no points for working a US station in ARRL DX.

As well as DX, I was also interested in picking up states for Triple Play,
since lots of states get spotted in this contest.  Both the stations I tried
to work in Washington state (big contesters) came back and said "No US DX
Only", or statements to that effect.

Out of hundreds of contacts both US and DX, the two stations I tried to work
in WA were the ONLY two stations to do this.  It wouldn't be so bad, but
they were CQ 'ing with NO ONE ANSWERING.  It took them longer to answer me
than it would have to put me in the log.  I'm not trying to say that this is
a Washington state thing.  Just annoying.

Some much needed stations (by everyone) that I worked this week (like
Hawaii, Idaho and Belarus) that were CQ'ing when I found them, I put spots
in for.  It was nice to hear them get busy after the spots.  I would have
done the same for the WA stations.

The contacts they would have gotten from the spot would have more than made
up for the 5 letters they would have had to transmit to me.  Oh wait, they
already transmitted more than 5 letters to tell me they wouldn't work me.

Just wanted to take a moment to send a big Thank You to the US stations that
worked me this weekend.  Thanks for helping to nurture contesting and
sharing the amateur spirit.  I very much appreciate the time you took to
answer my call.

Dave Wilburn
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