[CQ-Contest] When it's over, it's over (again)
artboyars at gmail.com
Wed Nov 9 15:59:21 EST 2016
We all agree that we're not allowed to manipulate the log after the
Contest... "except for obvious typos," some say. I've always disagreed
with that -- part of the job is to get the received info correctly into the
Just to show that I actually hold by this, I just sent in my SS CW log. To
relive the fun of the contest, I reviewed the Cabrillo log. (Oh, how I
miss the info-laden paper logs, with each multiplier marked and with the
scratch-out corrections as visual reminders of the details of each QSO.)
In the Cabrillo log I noticed that one QSO with a QRP station shows
received NR 3316. Well, sometimes I bang on the keyboard too hard and I
get an accidental double character. "Obviously," that's a typo I could
correct to NR 316. But I didn't. One busted QSO.
In another QSO, I noticed that I logged N44LF. Gee, I don't remember
working any N44's, but I do remember that N4LF was all over the place.
"Obviously," another accidental double character from hitting the keyboard
too hard. And I didn't correct this one, either. That's a busted QSO and
a penalty for busted call sign.
So, my score will suffer a little. Every year my bad typing costs me points
(and this year I used a new keyboard with unfamiliar software -- double
trouble). But I feel good about my attitude and my behavior.
And I hope I'll act the same if I'm ever in first place (fat chance) by a
couple of QSOs. Quoting my son, again: "If you don't use your conscience
regularly, it won't work when you need it."
Learning that, and applying it, is one of the values of contesting.
73, Art K3KU
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