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Author Topic: When Is a QSO a QSO?  (Read 421 times)
VE7AXU
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« on: April 17, 2005, 05:49:24 PM »

At what point in a QSO that fades out or breaks contact can you reasonably say that it occured for QSL purposes? If there was at least one successful exchange but the parties did not sign off formally but lost contact in the QRM/QRN - is that a QSO? I'm a new ham and don't want to be presumptuous.
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N8UZE
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2005, 05:59:55 PM »

So long as you have successfully exchanged call signs and acknowledged it, you are good.  The remaining info needed to qualify for awards is something that you would log (band, mode, date, and time) rather than info you would exchange.
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2005, 09:01:02 PM »

The only thing to add to the above is that things may not be so simple when working a contest. Depending on the rules, a QSO may require a Grid Square, Serial Number, County, SMIRK #, etc. (any or all of these) to be valid for contest purposes.

Dennis KG4RUL
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W7DJM
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2005, 12:05:28 PM »

You just have to trust your own morals.  If you REALLY are sure you "heard what you heard" then it's a contact.   People get calls, info, and reports wrong often enough without just plain guessing.

One of my big bitches, for example, are the "two two'ers"   You know who they are---the nets that are there just for working people.    You only give reports with the "same number" so nobody has to work too hard, you know,  "two-two, two by two, bang bang."

Of course the guy on the other end, who can't REALLY hear the first guy, KNOWS that the report is going to be "2-2" or "3-3"  because if they could actually HEAR each other, then it might be something higher.

So the operator on the other end guesses one or the other (2-2 or 3-3)  and one of the net controls says either "that's a roger contact"  or "try it again," depending.

So now the two operators know what happened.  Either the target operator guessed right, or he gets to guess "the other numbers."

Now you have to ask yourself, was this really a good two way contact?
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