[AMRadio] RE: Contest signal reports

w9gt at comcast.net w9gt at comcast.net
Tue Oct 2 07:02:45 EDT 2007

The reason for the signal report requirement is simple, while it might seem redundant, unnecessary or just a distortion of reality when everyone is 5-9 or 599.  The measure or definition of the minimum requirement for a valid 2-way contact has always been the exchange of callsigns and signal reports.  If you couldn't get the guy's call and a two or three digit report correct, you didn't work him.  This is the standard that is generally recognized by contesters and dxers alike and the definer of the validity of contacts to be applied to confirmations for award requirements.   I am not defending this as being good, bad, or necessarily making sense.  It is a just a tradition, standard and common practice that has been continued for many years.  IMHO, giving everyone a 5-9 or 599 is just a shortcut and really removes part of the challenge of "getting the message through".  From the DX or DXpedition's point of view, it is just an expedient.

73,  Jack, W9GT

-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: Peter Markavage <manualman at juno.com> 

> Sweepstakes Exchange in this order: 
> Consecutive serial number (1, 2, 3, etc.; Precedence - Q, A, B, U, M, S 
> (qrp, low power, high power, unlimited, multi-op, school); your call; 
> last two digits of the first year licensed; ARRL Section. 
> Field Day Exchange: 
> Field Day Operating Class; ARRL Section 
> Some DX Contests still use signal reports as part of the exchange. 
> The point is that in contesting, very few care about a signal report and 
> whether you're arm-chair copy, wall to wall treetop tall signal pounding, 
> etc. It's all about racking up as many contacts as you can in a defined 
> time frame against a whole bunch of other hams all trying to do the same 
> thing. 
> Pete, wa2cwa 
> On Tue, 2 Oct 2007 00:53:03 -0500 "D. Chester" 
> writes: 
> > I don't recall it always being that way. I seem to remember that 
> > once upon 
> > a time it was standard procedure to give a real signal report, 
> > particularly 
> > for Field Day, and I seem to recall that Sweepstakes used a serial 
> > number 
> > that simulated a message preamble and that part of the exchange was 
> > the RST. 
> > 
> > But that was in the days when hams built transmitters too... and 
> > most phone 
> > was AM. 
> > 
> > Don, k4kyv 
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