[CQ-Contest] When it's over, it's over (again)

Bob Kupps n6bk at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 9 21:01:42 EST 2016

lol we send in our contest log without looking and to LOTW after the entry period ends. That's when I learned that I had forgotten to press 'enter' or something before moving to another band to work ZD8W and it got logged as a crossband QSO. And there will be other mistakes, especially with new ops, but accurate real-time logging is an integral part of the sport IMO too Art.73 Bob HS0ZIA

      From: Art Boyars <artboyars at gmail.com>
 To: CQ-Contest Reflector <cq-contest at contesting.com> 
 Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2016 3:59 AM
 Subject: [CQ-Contest] When it's over, it's over (again)
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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