[CQ-Contest] This IS cheating, right?

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Sat Feb 22 21:26:53 EST 2014

Have you ever worked him before?

Is it possible he remembers your call from a previous contest, and
mistakenly thought you went by Eric not Rick?

I have had that happen, where someone calls me by my full given name, even
though that's not what I use.

( I've also seen this happen (in non radio situations) with my daughter...
her name is Jessie, but there are many people who INSIST her name must be
Jessica... yes, Jessie is derived from Jessica, but my daughter's name is
Jessie, and it says so on her birth certificate. )

Now... if neither of these possibilities is true, then we have eliminated
the benefit of the doubt, and IMHO, if not strictly "cheating" by the
contest rules, it's certainly less than fully ethical.

73, ron w3wn

-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
Rick Lindquist, WW1ME
Sent: Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:12 PM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: [CQ-Contest] This IS cheating, right?

Okay, conditions for the CQ 160 SSB have been extremely noisy for many of us
along the Eastern Seaboard. Operators have routinely been CQing in the face
of several callers, and few seem to be able to hear me, although I did snag
HK1NA and a guy in Iowa, so the antenna system still works, such as it is.


Anyway, I digress. A station came back to me, but I could not copy his state
among the static crashes, so I asked for a repeat. The op comes back: "Okay,
thanks, Eric, for Maine." Well, two problems here: (1) I had not given him
his report yet (and never did), and (2) I never use my given name on or off
the air - I go by "Rick." The logical conclusion here is that he had his
logger set to look up on the Internet stations he was working, and he got my
given name AND my exchange info from a call sign database.


I don't expect to log more than a few dozen Qs in this event, but his will
not be among the ones I submit, even though it was a needed mult.


Rick, WW1ME


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