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Posted: 1/25/2014 5:26:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/25/2014 5:29:47 PM EDT by eshell]
Noticed a lot of guys calling "CQ Contest" (Ukraine on 7.136 right now, for example) and I'd like to return, but they are exchanging serialized numbers. I don't have any SNs, since I'm not participating in any contests at the moment, just DXing. I would have no intention of doing anything with the contact except logging them at QRZ and at LoTW.

Is it wasting their contest time/energy to work them while they're contesting?

ETA: Sorry about the Chevy commercial over there...>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Link Posted: 1/25/2014 5:54:47 PM EDT
You can work them no problem.  Like you already seem to have done, just see what the exchange is and start with 1 in this case.  Have fun, you still count in their log.
Link Posted: 1/25/2014 5:57:00 PM EDT
If you can't give them a contact that they can use for points in the contest, then yes, it is probably wasting their contest time/energy.

You could so some quick research to see what is entailed by participating in the contest, and if you're eligible to work them by sending them the proper exchange of information, you will be both helping them and also putting a new one in your own log.

Link Posted: 1/25/2014 6:06:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/25/2014 6:07:47 PM EDT by RedHotChiliPepper]
There are no special serial numbers for most contests.  Your first contact is 001, second is 002, etc.  They are looking to make as many contacts as possible, so a QSO with you would benefit them, not waste their time, even if you're not going to turn in a log for the contest.

Link Posted: 1/25/2014 6:08:46 PM EDT
Thanks guys. I haven't tried to talk with the guy yet. I did hear one QSO where the other end told him they weren't working the contest and he cheerfully said 'OK, thanks' and moved on. I'll see if I can figure out what they're doing. I heard Italy pretty strong and they too were contesting.
Link Posted: 1/25/2014 6:23:07 PM EDT
I usually look here to figure out what contest they're doing and what the exchange is.

Link Posted: 1/25/2014 7:54:44 PM EDT
Thank you for the link! Found out it is the UBA Contest.

QSOs w/Ukraine, Italy and Croatia.  
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