[AMRadio] Contest signal reports

EP Swynar gswynar at durham.net
Sun Sep 30 11:32:11 EDT 2007

Hi Rick,

Not to belabour the point, but a serious contestor just has no time for the
proverbial "...old buzzard" transmission typical of AM operations...besides,
he's just plain, NOT interested: he wants to maximize his QSO total, & final
score. Period.

He KNOWS he sounds good, when he's racked-up a big pile of QSOs at the end
of the contest...

Love it, or leave it, but that's just the nature of the beast, & a fact of

There's still plenty of room (and time) for all modes & interests, though,
and that's one of the appealing things about Amateur Radio, IMHO...it's like
television: if you don't like what you see, flip the channel. If you're
STILL dis-satisfied, simply hit the "off" switch, & do something

~73!~ Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rick Brashear" <rickbras at airmail.net>
To: "'Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service'"
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 11:11 AM
Subject: RE: [AMRadio] Contest signal reports

> Bravo, Don!  When I ask for a signal report I want honesty.  How else will
> we know how we sound?  If I have a hum, click, chirp or anything else I
> to know about it.  Unfortunately, I have peeved more than one contact by
> giving honest reports.  If they don't want to know the truth, they
> ask me.  I think it's a courtesy to our fellow operators to be honest.
> 73,
> Rick/K5IAR
> I am not a quarmtester, but sometimes I will work a few stations,
> particularly in daylight hours during a 160m cw qrmtest.  The challenge is
> to see what kind of signal might make it across unusual distances during
> day, and I don't bother to keep score and usually not even a log.
> But I always give honest signal reports.  To me, this business of
> automatically giving everyone a 599 report is ridiculous, and defeats the
> whole purpose.  IMO, an operator who has to ask for several repeats to get
> the essential information, and then gives a 599 report is a LID!
> And the same goes for the automatic "five-nines" on  slopbucket.  If they
> want my contact, they will have to tolerate my carrier and a real signal
> report.
> Don k4kyv
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