[CQ-Contest] W/VE contacts from W/VE in ARRL DX

David Siddall hhamwv at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 11:09:58 EST 2014

Strongly agree.  I always had a lot of stateside callers at W3USS (now
defunct) where I operated this contest for years.  They either recognized
the call sign and wanted a QSL (which was a certificate as well as a card)
or wanted a "DC" contact.  Got noticeably worse in the early 1980's when
most contests with state-based multipliers corrected their rules in
that DC isn't part of MD.  Little did I suspect that the change would
probably lower my scores because of the stateside callers, but it came with
the territory so to speak and, IMHO, even in severe cases such as W3USS
computer logging makes it almost a non-issue.

BTW, I still don't participate in NAQP in any form even though I haven't
had a DC station for more than a decade.  Political boundaries are fact,
whatever they are, and easy to figure out.  Why any contest organizer would
base multipliers on states except make the ARRL section MDC a multiplier
instead of the state and district is weird, but NAQP consistently has
refused to correct its rule.   There always have been multiple contesters
in DC -- today W3DQ & KE3X  most prominent (I heard both in this weekend's
ARRL DX contest).  KE3X is a WRTC-2014 competitor, PVRC President, and a
fast-speed CW champion, so one might assume that he knows something about
serious contesting.

73,  Dave K3ZJ

On Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 9:41 PM, Gerry Hull <gerry at yccc.org> wrote:

> I work and log whomever calls.  I know many of the W/VE stations needed
> Vermont on a band.
> It makes non-contesters feel good about what we do, and, it takes much less
> time to work them
> than to explain.
> 73, Gerry W1VE
> (@ K2LE/1 for contest)
> On Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 12:40 PM, Marvin Bloomquist <n5aw at 281.com> wrote:
> > I get occasional W/VE callers in the ARRL DX contests. Especially on SSB
> it
> > is easy to politely tell these folks we can't work each other in this
> > contest. When I do that they often thank me for telling them. I'm amazed
> > that many of the big guns work these guys as if they count. That just
> > perpetuates the problem and they go off looking for another contact.
> Maybe
> > it is slightly quicker to do that on CW rather than explain we can't work
> > each other but certainly not on phone. All of us benefit if we let these
> > neophytes know they need to be working DX.  Hey - at least they are
> trying
> > to participate rather than sitting out there griping about the
> contesters.
> >
> > Marv N5AW
> >
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