[CQ-Contest] Callsign "appendages" in QSO party logs
no5w at consolidated.net
Fri May 1 16:57:56 PDT 2009
>>Log check software that reads the log files can/should strip them off
Yes that's what we do in the Texas QSO Party log checking.
I agree with your other points also.
Tom Macon wrote:
> 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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