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Gross mismatches eg logging in BST instead of UTC may result in a
penalty. Time differences >5 minutes are highlighted in the
adjudication process but no points are lost if the QSO details
Mismatches of up to 10 minutes are quite common for the reasons
already stated, and can also arise when a QSO that was "complete"
is re-visited when signals come up in QSB because one station
wants to confirm information they are unsure of, they can end up
with a new end time in their log, whereas the other station that
received everything OK the first time does not make any change to
their log entry.
As far as I am aware logging software always records the end time
of the QSO.
On 01/09/2022 18:23, Robin Szemeti -
G1YFG via groups.io wrote:
" I suspect some get penalised for a mismatch of more than
I don't think there is any such rule. You are required to
log "the time", but I cannot find any reference to whether it
is the time of the start of the contact or when it is
completed ... nor I can I find any reference to maximum timing
discrepancy allowed between logs.
If such rule(s) exist, I would be interested in a link ...
On Thu, 1 Sept 2022 at 18:34,
Neil Smith G4DBN <neil@...
usually get caught out because I make a contact in the last
minutes but forget to press enter, so it logs ten seconds
suspect some get penalised for a mismatch of more than 5
logging time on long, super-weak contacts, which can take ten
more. Also perhaps there are some cases where loose talk on
indicated that information was passed outside the contact.
time I've felt mildly aggrieved about losing points is where I
the wrong received report or serial, but the actual error was
other station logged it incorrectly. Luckily, I'm not
in contesting to worry about such trifles. The biggest loss
was when I forgot to put in an entry, so anything else pales
On 01/09/2022 18:24, Steve G4KNZ wrote:
> I've only entered one contest in recent years - a 3.4G
event late 2021
> - and I was a bit put off for having a contact disallowed
for a reason
> I didn't understand (so my meagre QSOs went from 2 to 1).
> don't know if the other station lost the contact also,
nor whose fault
> it was. To be honest, it put me off entering again, and
> station has sat unused in contests since. Possibly I'll
come on the
> band but not enter nor send in a check log, to avoid this
> Some decades ago I used to adjudicate these contests, and
> to recall ever completely disallowing a contact. It was a
> era, all printed logs, and manual checking. Typically I'd
> distances over-claimed, possibly the worst penalty was
> because I thought the exchange really was only completed
> even that would be rare. I guess it is a sign that
> microwave contests have become more like 2m or 70cm.
Robin Szemeti - G1YFG