Quick Contesting Question

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by AE0S, Apr 16, 2017.

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  1. W3MMM

    W3MMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The beauty of language is that it is fluid, and we don't have to agree with language changes for them to happen.

    "Qs" is a commonly used abbreviation with no ambiguity amongst those using it. It is akin to "Ks" among baseball fans. K of course is a less intuitive abbreviation, however there is no ambiguity in its use in a baseball context.

    It is one of the great strengths of language that it can change over time. The words change, the rules change, the very structure sometimes changes. Embrace the fluidity!

    Language is best thought of as a glacier vs a static pile of ice. Upon returning to it at any time, you can expect it will still be there but things will have moved a bit, and many assumptions should be reverified. It doesn't mean there can't be rules, rather that the rules will slide with time, usage, populartlity and such. And language doesn't care much about those who try to enforce the rules, any more than the glacier will stop at a fence.
     
  2. W3MMM

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    This is a ham radio forum and the subject of the thread is "quick contesting question" - it is decidedly NOT outside the contest community. What's out of place here is you, in the sense that you've stepped into a contesting discussion and criticized its accepted jargon.

    I suppose that's an American thing to do when visiting another country...to voice displeasure over their local language...
     
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  3. AE0S

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    Common sense but a good thing to point out. Thanks.

    The Rookie Roundup went well. Of course the timing isn't optimal with it being Easter and during the day time. Not much happening in the bands and propagation wasn't the best. Right as the contest ended things got better of course. So I got to listen to lots of static. Made 20 QSOs (Qs might be taken as QRMs ;)). The coolest being a confirmed SQL with Alaska ~2600 miles. Took a while and I'm amazed how much patience the other ham had to make that QSO happen.
     
  4. KB9UWU

    KB9UWU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Burt, think of the hours of time you've wasted arguing with people over an abbreviation. Q? QSO?
     
  5. W3MMM

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    There - fixed that for you

    ;)
     
  6. W3WN

    W3WN Ham Member QRZ Page

    OTOH, considering that the OP posted a query regarding procedure and etiquette in contest operating, the acknowledged shorthand use of "Q's" for "QSO's" in the course of this thread is in context and is quite appropriate.
     
  7. KA4DPO

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    Bg 10-4 Gb. 3's
     
  8. AB8MA

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    Show me a scaled Venn diagram of the sets "K1OIK", "context", and "appropriate". :)
     
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  9. W3WN

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    Only if you enjoy playing Captain Obvious.
     
  10. AB8MA

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