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ATTN: RTTY Contest Ops

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I”m growing more and more fond of RTTY the more I work this mode. I really have a lot of fun in the contests. If you are a RTTY op who has worked me in a contest before, you likely have noticed that my exchanges haven’t been very brief and in fact have been quite lengthy at times. I do promise to attempt to shorten up the exchanges.

With that said, there is one thing I will not do. I will NOT omit items that the contest sponsor specifies as requirements in the contest. I’ll give you an example…

In the BARTG RTTY contest [starting tonight], the exchange is supposed to be:

RST SERIAL_NUMBER GMT_TIME ( ex: 599 001 2359 )

I will not omit 599 simply because everyone sends 599 and it can be presumed that 599 will be sent.

In a contest that specifies that the callsign[s] be sent as part of the exchange, I will not omit callsigns. Rules are rules. I feel that anyone who attempts to omit items from the exchange when the contest rules clearly state that they are required is doing everyone a disservice by claiming a Q that didn’t meet the smell test.

On the other hand, if the rules state that the exchange only consists of an RST, then an RST may be all that you get from me unless I need verification of your call/exchange or you need verification of mine.

I know, contesters in general want to make everything as short as possible in order to achieve the highest rate possible. But the idea shouldn’t be to merely achieve the highest rate possible but rather to achieve the highest rate possible in that particular contest within the constraints of the rules of that contest. If you want to omit items that clearly are required items per the rules, you’re cheating. Really, you’re cheating.

Now that the rant is out of the way, let me say that I to hear you and work you in the contest this weekend. My 65w and low wires should provide enough fun. BARTG is great because anyone can work anyone for points… nobody is excluded!

Written by Mike

March 18th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

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