[CQ-Contest] CQ WW Rule Changes

Charles Harpole hs0zcw at gmail.com
Tue Oct 16 08:15:16 EDT 2012

Hurray for Randy and the CQ Contest Committee for finally facing the shady
ways contesters have used to artificially raise their scores.  The best
reasons for contesting is that is sharpens skills in passing messages
completely and accurately.  I know my contesting helped me in running the
Hurricane Watch Net.

Hurray for insisting that every contact contains both call signs on BOTH
ends of the QSO.  Now maybe I will not have to wait hours for some "rapid
runner" to i.d.  Too, it used to be that the FCC REQUIRED stations in
contact to identify both themselves and the station they are in QSO with.
This helped regulatory monitoring but was dropped in favor of only self
identifying.... maybe about the time when FCC monitoring faded away.  I can
see this rule assists the new Contest Committee monitoring, hee hee.

I was a ham for 30 years before I even heard of these ways of
cheating/shading.  .  Boy, was I innocent, and wondered how I scored so
low!  About that time, I learned of the practice of DX "insurance contacts"

73, Charly

PS, Dont forget to thank ARRL for taking the lead in these matters... wait,
skip that....  ARRL does not even publish everyone's scores in QST.


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