Glenn Rattmann k6na at cts.com
Tue Jul 21 13:18:43 PDT 2009

IARU HF World Championship

Call: K6NA
Class: SO CW HP
QTH: SoCal
Operating Time (hrs): 24
Radios: SO2R

  Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  Zones  HQ Mults
   160:    27    0        6         3
    80:   107    0      13       16
    40:   514    0      32       27
    20:   616    0      35       48
    15:   171    0      13       12
    10:     28    0        3         1
Total:  1463    0     102      107  (209), Total Score = 977,911

Club: Southern California Contest Club


Echoing the comments of so many: I really enjoyed the contest, especially the
big 20 meter opening over the pole on Saturday evening.  Like "the good old

BUT, a disturbing trend is heard in pileups when I am S&Ping: More and more
stations running a pile are not bothering to ID for REALLY LONG periods of
time-- like, maybe 20-25 QSOs.  Unbelievable.  This is terrible operating
procedure by any measure, and probably enters the realm of unsportsman-like

I am offended by the likely assumption that 'since I'm spotted on packet, they
all know who I am, I don't need to ID'  Excuse me?

If I am tuning my receiver to find QSOs and multipliers (what a concept), NOT
clicking a mouse on a Telnet spot, I should be able to recognize and call the
target station fairly quickly, without calling blind (calling blind is another
bad practice, obviously).  Instead, the score suffers (especially for entrants
using just one radio) while we wait.  I happen to use SO2R, which helps
mitigate a bit, but the vast majority of entrants don't have this capability.

One day we will see contest sponsors using wideband recording technology more
fully, so they can respond to major complaints of unsportsman-like conduct.
Operators should be aware that their procedures are on display like never

--Glenn K6NA

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