[CQ-Contest] Callsign "appendages" in QSO party logs

Tom Macon tmacon at wi.rr.com
Fri May 1 16:27:26 PDT 2009

Some questions with opinions sprinkled in (or maybe vice versa).

It seems to be common practice to append  /M, /P or /9 (call area) to logged 
calls.  I'm wondering, what is the value of this?  I don't see that these 
appendages contain useful information, at least for WIQP.  If a station is 
mobile, he needs to state this as his entry category, so the log checker 
will know.  Or, if he roves multiple counties, this will show in his sent 
exchanges, so the checker will know.  For stations working the mobile, all 
they need to do is log the correct callsign and county.  It doesn't matter 
if the station worked is mobile or not - it doesn't affect category or 
scoring.  Am I missing something here?

The need to append  /CTY (county) to the received callsign would seem to 
depend on a contester's logging program.  If the logging program won't allow 
the same callsign with different counties, then appending the county name to 
the call is a good work-around for logging roving stations.  But if the 
program *can* handle callsign-plus-county as a unique entity (I think most 
current ones do) then why would contesters need to bother with it?  This 
basically asks for the county to be entered twice.

In addition, callsigns with appended information are a pain for log checking 
because they complicate duping and crosschecking.  My thought is to move 
toward eliminating callsign appendages where possible.  Log check software 
that reads the log files can/should strip them off unless they contain 
information that can't be found elsewhere.  Does this make sense?

Do some Parties have rules that change this picture?  Comments?

Tom Macon, K9BTQ

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