[CQ-Contest] Ethics of operating overtime in SS

Randy Thompson K5ZD k5zd at charter.net
Mon Oct 28 16:01:10 EDT 2013

Don't make this more complicated than it needs to be.

For all contests I know that have limited time of operation (SS, WPX), the log checking will calculate the operating time and stop scoring when you reach the limit.  There is nothing wrong with operating beyond the time limit -- it just doesn't help your score.

I usually operate an extra 5-10 minutes in Sweepstakes just to make sure that I got my full 24 hours of allowed operation.

Randy, K5ZD

> -----Original Message-----
> From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
> Radio K0HB
> Sent: Monday, October 28, 2013 9:43 AM
> To: Art Boyars
> Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Ethics of operating overtime in SS
> Submit a log for the first 24 hours; then a second check log for the
> remaining Q's.  Who would fault the ethics of that?
> On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 7:48 AM, Art Boyars <artboyars at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I vaguely recall a mention here of one aspect of KH6IJ's (SK)
> > gentlemanliness:  He would keep on going in SS after he ran out of
> > time, just to give more people the multiplier.
> > I was thinking about that because the Mighty VE4EA Multi-Op Low Power
> > operation might have a little time left at the end.  (We're not going
> > to start until about 01Z, and with only two hours available for time
> > off we MIGHT just go 24 straight.)  In any case, if there is still a
> > pile of callers when we run out of time, is it ethical to keep going,
> > just to give them the MB mult?
> > What could be wrong with it?  Well, maybe you should have to work
> > people only during the time they are eligible -- sort of like not
> > working people before or after the contest.  Maybe part of the
> > competition is that you have to be skillful enough to work the mult
> > during his allotted 24 hours.
> > Any thoughtful opinions out there?
> > (Notice that I am typing this during CQWW SSB. Paraphrasing K5ZD
> > (again), "If you are writing e-mails, you are not winning the
> > contest."  Ah!  I knew there was a reason!) 73, Art K3KU Holder of Low
> > Score Record for Summer Stew
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