[AMRadio] Contest signal reports

Peter Markavage manualman at juno.com
Sun Sep 30 14:59:39 EDT 2007

A number of the ARRL contests and others no longer even use signal
reports as part of the exchange and I think you will more contests doing
away with them. The RST report is not part of the multiplier so most of
us don't care what the signal report is. If I'm using a paper log, and a
signal report is required, "5-9" is on the top line and ditto marks all
the way down the page no matter what the sender says. Signal reports
aren't part of the point equation.

Like the AM community, the contest community is full of very dedicated
contesters. They are nothing more than a "special interest" group just
like AM, but rather than old buzzard type transmissions, their charge is
contacts per minute. Speed, endurance, challenge, and skill are part of
every dedicated type contester.

Pete, wa2cwa

On Sun, 30 Sep 2007 13:13:26 -0400 "Mark K3MSB" <mark.k3msb at gmail.com>
> There's growing sentiment in the contesting community, which I
> support, to delete RS(T) as part of any contest exchange for the
> reasons stated in this and related threads.    RS(T) is  not part 
> of
> the VHF contest exchanges.
> A "real" RST in any QSO, contest or otherwise, is not really
> meaningful unless you know the kind of antenna the other station is
> running.
> In those instances where someone gives me an "honest" signal report
> during a contest exchange,  more than likely it stays in the
> electronic log as "599" anyway, as "599" appears as the default
> reports, and quite honestly it's not worth my effort to correct it.
> To the best of my knowledge there is no cross-checking of RST 
> during
> the log checking process.
> This is why contests that have dynamic data as part of the exchange
> are more challenging to me.  This includes serial number, power 
> level,
>  year first licensed etc.
> To each his own.  Contesting is here to stay and it's a growing
> segment of Amateur Radio.
> 73 Mark K3MSB

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