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

Julio VE3FH ve3fh at yahoo.ca
Tue Oct 27 18:50:06 EDT 2015

What a coincidence! that's the same station that told me to go away because
I was scaring away "his" DX...

Julio VE3FH

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John W" <xnewyorka at hotmail.com>
To: "CQ Contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 11:03
Subject: [CQ-Contest] When is it OK to refuse to give out a QSO?

> 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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