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

David Gilbert xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Tue Jul 31 11:07:02 PDT 2012

I agree 100%.  Trying to regulate the practice away is unlikely to be 
effective ... the key is to make bad behavior counterproductive for the 
offender.   The running station needs to be in control to avoid chaos on 
frequency, but I see no obligation for callers to let him do that at 
their expense.  When I'm running I consider it my duty to get everyone 
on their way as quickly and painlessly as possible, and I expect callers 
to hold me to that if I lapse.

Dave   AB7E

On 7/31/2012 8:39 AM, Steve London wrote:
> 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.
> 73,
> 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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