[CQ-Contest] Anybody else seeing incoming busted QSLs?

Huff David J HuffDavidJ at JohnDeere.com
Fri Jan 27 11:09:00 EST 2017

Is anyone else seeing a number of "busted" QSLs coming to them?

I just got my yearly mailing from the incoming Zero QSL bureau, and it contained more cards from overseas that I never made contact with.  Keep in mind these are people who sent cards from Europe, South America, and elsewhere around the globe all the way to me, even though I did not contact them.  Almost all of these were CW, and when checking with my logs I am certain I never made contact with them.  Some of these were occurring when all my radio gear was packed away in boxes, and others are just so rare, I would have remembered them.  I spend most of my time on digital or SSB, not CW.  I Also did a download on LOTW and I am starting to see the same thing, bad CW QSOs filling my log.  I am told this is common, but I am wondering if there is something I should do.

So is this A)Bad fists on CW, B)Bad logging or typos, C)people using my call sign for log padding, D)Super Check Partial fill errors.  One contester I asked indicated super check can sometimes fill in bad calls, especially if you have a short call sign.  I have also seen bad calls due to O versus 0, and I versus 1.  Do I just have a call sign that is prone to people getting wrong on CW?

I have been advised to throw the cards away, but I do feel bad, considering the cost of postage around the globe.  Even if these came in via the bureau, the cost of the overseas transfer is not cheap.

David J. Huff

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