[CQ-Contest] CQWW SSB 2017 Effective DQ

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mymts.net
Mon Jan 29 11:02:10 EST 2018

It’s fairly common to “divine” a partially heard callsign.

If I hear …KU when pointing ESE, I might just try “K3KU 599 04” thinking there’s a good chance it’s Art.

If I hear …AI, in the mud on 20, I might just try K4BAI 599 04” (John’s got a great station, but even he would agree our skip zones often don’t line up well)

…6Y is likely AE6Y

I can think of scores of others, but in all cases where the guess was correct, the contact probably goes like…

me: VE4XT test
him: …6Y
me: AE6Y 599 04
him: R 599 03
me: TU VE4XT test

Andy has no reason to send his call again, so I worked him only having heard a partial call.

My problem with audio recording as a gold standard is there are lots of ways for legitimate contacts to look like cheating and lots of ways to make cheated contacts look legitimate. 

I don’t want to write a handbook on cheating, but let’s just say I can think of many ways to make a fully cheated log sound golden, or if not golden, good enough to cover any smoking guns.

After all, the audio recording rule “as heard by operator” is as dependent on the honour system as power levels, not listening during off times and not watching Cluster. Someone who is going to cheat on power isn’t likely to abide by “as heard by operator.”

73, kelly, ve4xt 

> On Jan 29, 2018, at 8:09 AM, Michael Adams <mda at n1en.org> wrote:
> If you log a station without receiving a complete call, it's probable that some form of assistance is at work.  On more than one occasion, I've worked you having only heard your call as "WKI", for example.  If the signal strength and exchange information matches what I would expect...
> I suppose there is a slight chance that one "read" the callsign on a radio's spectrum display, while working elsewhere, but that feels like the grey area where "unassisted" ends and "assisted" begins.
> I suppose also that there's a chance that someone's familiarity with contester callsigns is sufficient to achieve the same effect...but I would have thought that if that were common, stories of that would already be part of contester lore.
> -- 
> Michael Adams | mda at n1en.org
> -----Original Message de VE3KI -----
> But just how would a recording tell them whether you were assisted? Because you jumped directly from one S&P QSO to the next without tuning through intervening frequencies? 
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