[VHFcontesting] Questions on making a valid contest QSO.

Tom Carney tomc at carneysugai.com
Sat Mar 14 18:19:02 PDT 2009

I operate as a rover and am the CQ station 90% of the time.  So I've almost
aways given my call.  Unless I know the calling station, I respond with the
call phonically.  That's it insure I've got the call correctly.  After the
initial call I may or may not give my call.  Usually do but not always.

I'd say well over half of the stations calling me do not give my call, just

So there are definitely a lot that go like this:

me:  QRZ
calling station: K6qwe
me K6QWE CM86
calling: roger CM97
me: QSL,  QRZ

During HF contest, CQ stations frequently don't give their call for multiple


K6EU aka K6EU/r

On Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 2:33 PM, Bruce Herrick <bdh at teleport.com> wrote:

> When calling CQ, I always, always, always give my call every time.  But I
> never thought about it - when answering a CQ, I just dump my call in; if the
> other station acknowledges me correctly, I give my exchange, copy his, and
> move on without ever giving his call.
> Bruce WW1M
> >Just a short answer will be fine, not to take up much bandwidth here.
> >
> >I am curious how many operators actually give both call signs in a contest
> >QSO 100% of the time?
> >
> >Do you think giving both calls is necessary when calling CQ on the same
> >frequency for some lengthy period?
> >
> >What does the contest rules state that constitutes a legal contest
> exchange?
> >
> >Ron
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