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

Tom Haavisto kamham69 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 09:33:06 EDT 2015

Hi John

Please keep in mind why you decided to play radio in the first place -
namely - to have FUN.

At the same time, you run into people of all types.  Some don't like
contesters, some have read (or mis-read) the rules, and others have their
own agenda...
If you are on the radio, you will run into these folks, and my attitude is
- sucks to be them!

I get folks who call me who are dupes, I get the odd bad comment in my ear,
and I worked a bunch of VEs - who in THIS contest are zero points.  At the
same time - in other contests - I want these QSO's.  So - work everyone,
and when you run into folks who are having a bad day, mis-read the rules,
or just plain don't play well with other people - well - move on.

I don't have time to check lists of who's been bad, who's been good or
whatever.  If they call me, or I call them - in the log they go.  If they
don't want to be in my log - well - not much I can do about that other than
to move on looking for the next QSO.

Tom - VE3CX

On Sun, Oct 25, 2015 at 12:03 PM, 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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