[CQ-Contest] Callsign "appendages" in QSO party logs
dougw9wi at gmail.com
Sun May 3 08:01:20 PDT 2009
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?
(I'm not ignoring your other message but haven't had a chance to compose
Tennessee QSO Party doesn't *require* an appendage to calls, but we
Many mobile entrants find it useful to add the county abbreviation as an
appendage ("W9WI/HANC") and entrants whose calls are in the "wrong"
district find it helpful to sign /4. ("W9WI/4" - which I also use in
the WIQP for the same reason!) I do find some stations in the "right"
call area but the "wrong" state sending /STATE. ("W9RE/IN", in the WIQP)
Software can't *know* what the callsign-plus-county is if the mobile
hasn't sent their exchange yet. This is the case when the mobile is
calling CQ, or if they're answering someone else's CQ. CQing with /CTY
takes care of this.
I do fail to see the point in sending /M or /P, or /9 if your call
already contains a 9.
It would be (IMHO) a worthwhile enhancement to contest software to check
any appendages entered in the callsign window and, if they match a valid
county abbreviation for the current contest, enter that appendage in the
My logchecking software strips any appendages. They're useful during
the contest but of no value in log-checking. It's also difficult for
many non-computer-savvy entrants to remove them, but trivial for a Perl
Doug Smith W9WI
Pleasant View, TN EM66
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