[CQ-Contest] Fwd: NILs hurt

Pete Smith N4ZR n4zr at contesting.com
Tue Sep 3 16:00:19 EDT 2013

For a very high-visibility guy like that, that's all you need. I like 
the courtesy of a TU, particularly when I'm S&P and that is the only 
thing he'll hear from me after our QSO.  I also think the importance of 
confirmation varies with the type of exchange - in SS it makes a lot of 
sense to do something.  *The most important thing* is not to repeat the 
received exchange, in whole or in part

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 9/3/2013 2:09 PM, Richard F DiDonna NN3W wrote:
> 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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