[CQ-Contest] Great job of spotting network

Tom W8JI w8ji at w8ji.com
Mon Aug 6 07:10:51 PDT 2012

Thanks for mentioning this. Every contest should be a learning experience 
for every operator.

> As a matter of fact, I now have an SDR recording of this particular 
> Contest
> which proves the I personally ID'ed at least once every 4-5 contacts;

The law in the USA is we ID at least once in every communication at the end. 
Legally, we are always bound to give our call for our last transmission in 
every single QSO. A "communication" is defined in a way that we would call 
an exchange or contact.

Although years ago we had to give the other station's call, we do not ever 
have to give the other station's callsign now. I don't know foreign rules, 
but this is the FCC:

(a) Each amateur station, except a space station or telecommand station, 
must transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel *****at the 
end of each communication*****, and at least every 10 minutes during a 
communication, for the purpose of clearly making the source of the 
transmissions from the station known to those receiving the transmissions. 
No station may transmit unidentified communications or signals, or transmit 
as the station call sign, any call sign not authorized to the station.

I think the learning experience here is problems really come when both sides 
are not identified during each QSO, or people rely on packet and do not 
actually listen for the ID.

Because they never really identified the station on the other end, the 
result is exactly what it should be. The contact does not count. There isn't 
any logical reason it should count because it was never a real exchange, and 
it really is not the DX station's fault others did not listen unless he 
broke his countries own rules.

We just really need to change how we do things a little, and not depend on 
others to make our receivers and ears work.

73 Tom

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