[CQ-Contest] What's the difference...

Tom Haavisto kamham69 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 11 14:31:22 EST 2015

Hi Art

Its a pretty simple concept - copy what is sent OVER THE AIR, and that is
what goes in your log.  Once your log is submitted to the contest sponsor,
change whatever you like in your own log.

A call history file is meant to reduce typing - not to act as a replacement
for what goes into your log.
Be aware that some folks like to change the info they send over the air -
such as their name, year licensed, whatever so that is does NOT match what
is in the call history file or QRZ.com.  In this case, he *may* have sent
"Tim", or "Tom", or "Ron", or there may have been a guest op using his own

Only way to know for sure is - copy what is sent over the air, and that is
what goes in your log.

Tom - VE3CX

On Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 11:17 AM, Art Boyars <artboyars at gmail.com> wrote:

> ... between using a "call history file" to store previous data (e.g., name,
> section, etc.)...
> ...and looking it up on-line real time (or, for us OTs using the Callbook)?
> Example: during NAQP CW last night, I looked up "Tom" to see what city he
> was in.  (I like to see where people are in states of personal interest;
> single-radio op's have time for this.)  I saw that his license name is
> Timothy.
> Of course, I did NOT change my log (I do not cheat, and, heck, maybe he
> really did send "Tom"), but...
> ...would it have been be ethical to change it (right then) if I had a call
> history file that had hinted that his name was Tim, and I used that info to
> guess that "Tim" is correct?
> If yes, would it have been ethical to change the name (DURING the contest)
> based on Callbook info?
> (Never mind the QSOs I had by hearing enough of a whisper of the other
> station for my logging software to fill in the report from other-band QSOs
> .)
> 73, Art K3KU
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