[CQ-Contest] It wasn't a QSO... Or was it?

iain macdonnell - N6ML ar at dseven.org
Mon Feb 24 15:09:18 EST 2014

Withholding the exchange *until the running station sends a correct
exchange to you, including your correct callsign* seems like a
reasonable thing to do to me. If you give your exchange before
receiving all of the information you need from him, you may not get
another chance to ask for it. In a contest where the exchange is the
same for each QSO (state or power), that maybe not an issue, but it
could be in other contests, where the exchange contains a serial
number (the running station could be SO2R or part of a multi-op, so
you may not be able to infer it).

As a DXer, I've trained myself to not give an exchange to DX that I
really care about until s/he has my call right - I've learned that
lesson the hard way a few times...


    ~iain / N6ML

On Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 6:31 PM,  <john at kk9a.com> wrote:
> Who is giving this advice?  I personally dislike someone withholding the
> exchange. With the exception of RTTY, if I hear someone giving their
> callsign before the exchange I assume that I have it incorrect.  After
> copying everything I acknowledge the correct call and move on to the next
> caller.  When no report is sent I have to acknowledge the call and then ask
> for the report again and wait for the response.  Sometimes I already had the
> call correct and the station thinks I do not, now it becomes really awkward.
> It is a big time waster.
> John KK9A
> To:CQ-Contest <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Subject:[CQ-Contest] It wasn't a QSO... Or was it?
> From:Kelly Taylor <ve4xt at mymts.net>
> Date:Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:57:47 -0600
> Hi all,
> In ARRL DX CW, I called one of the ZZ80xyz stations.
> He came back to me as VE3XT. Following the advice of many stations on here,
> I withheld my exchange to give him the opportunity to get my call correct,
> sending only my call and putting emphasis on the 4.
> 73, kelly
> ve4xt
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