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

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Wed Oct 28 09:58:38 EDT 2015

I work the /QRP guys, but I refuse to say or send that add-on suffix. 
Often they "correct" their callsign adding the /QRP.  With QRM and QSB
they have a better chance of making contact by only sending their

Stations on SSB that send only two letters of their callsign go to the
bottom of my pileup list. This really disrupts the rhythm, plus it is not
a legal ID. I try to work all of the stations sending whole callsigns
first, even if I cannot copy it completely the first time.

John KK9A  aka P40A

To:	cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject:	Re: [CQ-Contest] When is it OK to refuse to give out a QSO?
From:	Jim Brown <k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com>
Reply-to:	k9yc at arrl.net
Date:	Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:27:08 -0700

Stations I will not answer include

1) Those who have refused to send me needed QSLs for previous contests.
VA6AN goes to rare grids for VHF contests, but has yet to send me a card
for three of them. He couldn't believe it when I wouldn't give him an
exchange (and I told him why) this summer. N4VC keeps coming back to VHF
contests, but won't send a card.

2) Those who sign /QRP. I work QRP in some contests, but never sign /QRP,
and I work a lot of 5W (and even 1W) signals in ARRL DX. I know only
because it's part of the exchange.

3) Those who are unsportsmanlike. The subject of this thread seems to be a
prime example.

4) Those whose dirty signals make it hard for other contesters.

5) Those whose audio is so bad that it is hard to copy.

73, Jim K9YC

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