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

Andrew Warycka andrew.warycka at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 10:35:42 EDT 2015

Hi John,

Sorry to hear there are some people who just can't be bothered to stop
listening to static and punching F1 for a few seconds to hand out a mult.

I spent about 15 hours BIC at the N7AT M2 this weekend and happily handed
out more zero-point QSOs than I can easily remember. Considering we put up
a raw score of about 5.2M, I think we still managed to work enough non-zero
pointers in between.

Some people, like you, were kind enough to specify "for the mult" when they
called, some didn't. Doesn't matter. Maybe they just need the mult, maybe
they needed AZ for WAS on that band, half of them didn't even know what
zone they were in and were just trying to be helpful - I'd just explain
what they needed to tell the next guy they work. It's all good - I work
them all and move on. As someone else mentioned, that's "being a good

Some people don't understand it's possible to be competitive /and/ a decent

I was already done for the weekend by Sunday morning (that pesky life thing
got in my way this weekend too), but I would have happily handed you that
zone 3 mult had you reached me. Hope you got back on and found one, and as
always, illegitimi non carborundum.

73, Andy NY7N

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> Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 12:03:05 -0400
> From: John W <xnewyorka at hotmail.com>
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> 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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