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Author Topic: Newbie Question - Serial Numbers & QSLs  (Read 2524 times)
K6HOM
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« on: April 27, 2012, 10:14:22 AM »

I have been listening to various contests for some time and have heard the operators exchange serial numbers. I have a general understanding of how the serial numbering process works via reading various contest rules as well as comments from this forum. 

I have not been able to find an answer to this question, however, and please excuse my newbieness (dumbness). 
When a non-contestant ham responds to a contest operator and they exchange serial numbers, how does the non-contestant reference serial number information in either a LOTW or eQSL QSL request?  No big deal to add this to a QSL card, but I would imagine that this is important in the electronic confirmations as well.

Thank you in advance for your help and patience with a new ham.

73,

Rick
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2012, 10:46:38 AM »

No, it's not important at all. 

Unless you're submitting a log to enter the contest in question, the S/Ns mean absolutely nothing and it's pretty unusual for anyone to capture that data in a QSL, whether hard copy or electronic.

Just doesn't matter.

For QSL exchange the only required elements are:

Both station callsigns (yours and his);
Band or frequency;
Mode;
Date and time in UTC.

Everything else, even signal report, is superfluous.
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K6HOM
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2012, 08:18:20 PM »

Thanks for setting me straight on this one, WB2WIK!

I'm new to HF and want to learn the proper "manners."

Best and 73,

Rick
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