Maybe you should have waited to verify the call before you jumped into the pileup?
Yeah, maybe I should have done that. And maybe the turkey should have been ID'ing, too. Maybe I should have done everything perfectly while he was doing everything perfectly wrong. You would admonish me for not verifying the call before
I worked him, but I didn't leave the frequency until I had
verified it to my satisfaction. Which is, of course, how I knew what was happening. How many DXers do you suppose tuned away without
verifying the call and still believe to this day they have a valid TT8DX QSO in the log?
Maybe S9DX will delete me from their log for being a dupe. Guess what? I don't give a rat's S. The sun came up the next day. I not gonna get an OO notice. My DX bill won't go up. In fact I
didn't log the contact myself. Ultimately, who cares? This guy was creating his own problems by letting the cluster system be his ID method of choice
I'm in the fortunate position where I really don't need
to work anyone. I have all countries confirmed. But it is
nice to fill in band slots. In fact, that's the only real challenge left. I moved about 6 years ago and started my DXCC over again just for the hell of it. Frankly, the fun is in the chase, not the arrival. (You guys who believe you are marooned at 280 countries take note.) I didn't even bother to apply for my DXCC #1 certificate because I feel no need to have the ARRL "bless" my contacts. I know what I've accomplished and, after all, nobody else really cares anyway.
I admit "getting sucked in." When several stations post a DX, and they all agree on the call, you tend to believe it. Obviously, multiple stations made the same error. Obviously, too, multiple stations in the pileup were making the same error. It shows one of the weaknesses of the spotting network. Before the days of the internet spotting system I would have been forced to sit on frequency listening until the DX finally condescended to ID. You can argue that perhaps this was a "better" way to do it. You "earned" your QSOs. It certainly was high effort. It's not, however, today's reality.
"S9DX" and "dupe" are four characters each. The clown had time to send "dupe" after so many QSOs, but was in such a hurry he couldn't ID? As a presumably experienced DXpedtioner, he couldn't figure out what was going on?
Have you ever been in a pileup waiting for an ID when the DX suddenly says "OK nw QRT TU de P5RS7 nw SK" ? Have you ever heard the expression "WFWL" (Work First, Worry Later)? I was trying to keep a rare one from getting away. Dxing is the art of the possible. Sometimes you have to respond in a less than ideal way to a less than ideal situation. I look back at some of the QSOs made over the years and it’s amazing that I was able to make the contact at all. Sometimes it works out, other times it doesn’t. I don't hold myself blameless, but there could have been a better way of handling the pileup from the DX's end.