[CQ-Contest] To cut or not to cut?

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Thu May 31 11:06:03 PDT 2012

Cut numbers in the serial number threw me constantly.  Maybe the very 
good ops deal with it but I am geared up for number not letters!  Most 
of the cut numbers are from EU and JA.  Most people lost whatever time 
they thought they were gaining was lost in fills.......

Mike W0MU

W0MU-1 CC Cluster w0mu.net:23 or w0mu-1.dnsdynamic.com

On 5/31/2012 11:00 AM, Ktfrog007 at aol.com wrote:
> The most egregious misuse of cut numbers I've ever heard was by 4T100MP in
> 2011. Some ops there sent 4T1TTMP as their call sign. No kidding.
> I always find cut numbers to be a problem. Europeans use  them more than
> anyone else. I didn't know about N1MM's conversion of a cut  number to the
> real McCoy. I'll learn to use that feature. There are many  mysteries of N1MM.
> Also, I quit sending leading zeros about 2 hours into the WPX this  year.
> Just decided it was a bad practice. Never again.  For zeros  which are part
> of the number, I send a zero.
> 73,
> Kermit, AB1J
> In a message dated 5/31/2012 2:59:27 P.M. GMT Standard Time,
> ve5zx at hotmail.com writes:
> During  the WPX CW while condx here were good on 15m they were not great.
> Many low  power EU signals were marginal. I noticed that I asked for more
> repeats  from EU stations that were using  cut number than from those that
> were not using them. I recall thinking that if the full number was sent
> instead of cut number the request for repeats might have been  lower.
> Syl -  VE5ZX
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