[CQ-Contest] Do serial numbers in contests hinder participation?

Jimk8mr at aol.com Jimk8mr at aol.com
Tue Mar 24 10:06:25 PDT 2009

In a message dated 3/24/2009 11:07:19 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
k2db at k2db.org writes
When drafting the preliminary NYQP rules, we originally thought that  a
serial number exchange would be good, but after many comments to us from  QSO
party participants, we came up with this for the NY QSO  Party:

. NY stations send Signal Report and County  (using 3 character abbreviations
listed below).
. Stations outside of NY  send Signal Report and State, Canadian Province  or

My suggestion for a QSO party starting out would be to use Name and QTH.  The 
Minnesota QSO Party does this, as do the NAQPs. 
A major contribution that QSO Parties make to the contesting world is  
providing a low key way for non-contesters to get into contesting. Since the  name 
and QTH are the two most basic elements of any non-contest qso, it is a  very 
natural way for these newbies be exposed, perhaps without even realizing  they 
have made a contest QSO.
QSO numbers are a nice thing for active contesters, providing a way to  judge 
how the competition is doing, In a state qso party they are especially  handy 
for judging how long a mobile has been active from a particular  county.
Signal reports are a meaningless lie uttered in the course of making a qso.  
OK for serious DX contests where many short qsos with very weak stations are 
the  aim, but not so good for a friendly QSO Party atmosphere.
A second suggestion I've already made to the NY guys, but will repeat to  
anyone organizing a QSO Party:
Move your suggested SSB frequencies on 75 and 40 meters down the  band.  40 
meters expanded two years ago, with the General Class limit  now being 7175. 
There is not good reason to center activity up at 7250 or  thereabouts. For 
mobiles, a lower frequency (7175-7200) makes it a lot easier to  load a mobile 
For everyone, with SWBC clearing out below 7200, there will be less QRM  down 
there, and with many DX stations gaining access to 7100-7200, the  
possibility of simplex DX phone QSOs now exists below 7200. 
On 75 meters, frequencies up high are the home of AMers, nets, and lots of  
established groups. There are still groups that hang out lower in the band, but 
 down there (3825 or so) they at least get regularly exposed to contest  
activity, so one more contest will not be a shock to them.
73  -  Jim  K8MR 
**************A Good Credit Score is 700 or Above. See yours in just 2 easy 

More information about the CQ-Contest mailing list