[CQ-Contest] Fwd: NILs hurt

Richard F DiDonna NN3W richnn3w at verizon.net
Tue Sep 3 14:09:44 EDT 2013

On 9/3/2013 12:06 PM, Patrick Barkey wrote:
>> If I do not get a solid acknowledgement from another station in a
> contest, I DELETE the ENTRY in my logging program.
> This begs the question -- at what point in a QSO do we cease requiring
> confirmations?  In other words, if you need to copy a confirmation to log a
> QSO, then how does the station sending the confirmation know that you've
> heard it?
> The station sending a confirmation may have no idea that you didn't copy
> it.  So should you confirm that you got the confirmation?  Maybe several
> rounds of this ack-ing just to be sure?
> At some point each contest QSO is built on a trust that each station's
> needs are satisfied.  When that trust is there you hit return and log the
> QSO.
Its interesting that some demand an explicit QSL or thanks.  I remember 
hearing about how one of the top running stations rarely said thank you 
or QSL.  Instead he simply said "ZD8Z" - which was said to accomplish 1) 
the acknowledgement need and, 2) the need to identify one's call often.

73 Rich NN3W

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