[CQ-Contest] Do I need to operate assisted to figure out the calls?

Steve London n2icarrl at gmail.com
Tue Jul 31 08:39:09 PDT 2012

My solution to this problem is simple. I call them. If I'm a dupe, it wastes 
their time, too. Good. I work them, and ask for their call. If they give their 
call, and it's a dupe, it wastes their time, too. Good. If they still don't send 
it, I simply move on. I lose nothing, they get a much-deserved NIL. If more of 
us did this, it would affect their behavior in future contests.

Steve, N2IC

On 07/31/2012 09:12 AM, Bob Henderson wrote:
> This practice is becoming all too common.  A legacy of cluster and RBN.  We
> can't turn the clock back, so these technologies are here to stay.  But we
> should not have to put up with this growing bad practice.
> I think the time has come for contest sponsors to mandate a minimum ID rate
> at say 3 Qs.
> Referee access to SDR technology would make identifying offenders a
> practical proposition.
> I would happily make a complaint about stations who don't ID after 3 Qs.
> It wouldn't be personal.  After all, I wouldn't know who they were. All I
> need provide is time and frequency and the rest could be recovered from SDR
> recordings.
> I sincerely hope sponsors will move to clean up this mess before it gets
> any worse.
> On at least half a dozen occasions IOTA I listened to stations with>10Q
> runs and no ID.  I didn't hang around to find out who they were.
> 73 Bob, 5B4AGN

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