[CQ-Contest] When is it OK to refuse to give out a QSO?

Tom Osborne w7why at frontier.com
Sun Oct 25 23:13:15 EDT 2015

Hi John

I have found that if you find someone that you are familiar with, that
helps if you explain it's a mult for you.  Last year I worked a zone 3
station for a double mult on 20 and they didn't log it and I got busted for
a NIL as I never worked another W station in zone 3 because I thought I had
it in the log..

I worked  W5PR this year on 10 close to the end and he couldn't believe he
was a double mult for me.  He showed up green in my bandmap so I called him
and thankfully, he went ahead and worked me and gave me the exchange.  I
was a zero point for him but he really helped me.  73

On Sun, Oct 25, 2015 at 9:03 AM, John W <xnewyorka at hotmail.com> wrote:

> As I type this, I am sitting here fuming mad and deliberating on whether
> to keep plugging away in the CQWW SSB contest or just shut off the PC and
> radio.    Blessed with three young children (two toddlers and an infant), I
> have extremely little time for radio these days. So I am doing a VERY part
> time effort in the contest, yet still trying to maximize my score for the
> few hours I can put in.
> It is Sunday morning. My wife is napping with the baby, and I have gotten
> the kids set up in front of the TV with their favorite show and I can
> finally sit down at the radio without interruption.  I have made only a few
> QSOs so far on 15m this weekend.  I just looked all over the band for Zones
> 3 and 4.  I found K5TR calling CQ, waited until he had nobody else calling
> him, and made a quick call, saying "W2ID for the mult".  He quickly replied
> "W2ID 59 4", I gave the report and logged the qso and mult. QSO made and
> logged, all in less than 3 seconds. Thank you!
> Tuned around some more, and some more, and finally found N7DD for zone 3.
> Excited, I waited a few minutes until he had no callers, and then gave a
> quick call just as I did with K5TR.  Instead of replying with the expected
> "W2ID 59 3", he replied with "It's a little too late in the contest for
> that.  Go find a VE."   I was completely speechless, and couldn't even
> think of a reply before he called CQ again.  Then I replied with "I'll
> remember that in Sweepstakes."  He snarled back with "Yeah, you do that."
> So not only will I remember it in Sweepstakes, so will everybody else who
> reads it here.
> Now I have spent enough time typing this that I could have made at least
> 15 QSOs, which would have more than compensated for the lost multiplier.
> Wondering whether I should go try and find another zone 3, or just go and
> watch Bob the Builder with my kids instead. At least they will take a few
> seconds out of their favorite TV show to talk to me...
> 73 & GL all (except N7DD that is),
> JohnW2ID
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