To set the context, here is the summary section of the LCR:
SCORE SUMMARYSo what happened to those 19 QSOs, and what could I have done to improve?
Raw QSOs = 1104
Dupes = 5
Busted QSOs = 19
Penalty QSOs = 5
Time Expired = 0
Final QSOs = 1075
Band Breakdown (160-10): 0 104 291 161 277 242
QSO Points = 2150
Multiplier = 80
Final score = 172000
Error rate = 1.7% (100 X (Busted QSOs / Duped QSO total))
LCR: WA2GBU (QSO #807) is a busted call.
The correct call is WA2GBF.
I LOGGED: WA2GBU 0152 Q 68 EPA
This was a tough QSO with a QRP station. I got fills for everything but the call. I should have confirmed it.
LCR: QSO #33 N6BV : B 59 Eb should be B 59 Scv
I LOGGED: N6BV 0034 B 59 EB
Well, this is embarrassing. Clear case of not correcting the pre-fill. Dean guest-ops at various places, and his section isn't constant.
LCR: QSO #82 WB8JUI : A 70 Oh should be A 71 Oh
I LOGGED: WB8JUI 0032 A 70 OH
I clearly busted the check. 71 was clear as a bell. Probably not checking the pre-fill.
LCR: QSO #240 W4AS : U 76 SFl should be U 78 SFl
I LOGGED: W4AS 0030 U 76 SFL
Probably another pre-fill fail. Not hard to copy that 78.
LCR: QSO #315 AE2T : A 68 WNy should be A 69 WNy
I LOGGED: AE2T 0054 A 68 WNY
Pre-fill again, most likely. I was perhaps distracted by the other fills I was working on.
LCR: QSO #317 K6OI : Q 70 Lax should be Q 80 Lax
I LOGGED: K6OI 0045 Q 70 LAX
This sounds like a legitimate bust to me - I can see how one might hear 70 or 80 due to the QSB.
LCR: QSO #1084 W4NBS : A 68 Al should be A 69 Al
I LOGGED: W4NBS 0420 A 68 AL
Very weak signal. A legitimate fail on my part. Should have asked for a fill.
LCR: QSO #1085 K1DG : A 67 Me should be A 67 Nh
I LOGGED: K1DG 0075 A 67 ME
Clearly sent NH. Prefill fail.
LCR: QSO #155: QSO not found in log of VA7HU
I LOGGED: VA7HU 0069 A 62 BC
Pretty sure I got the call and exchange correct, so i think this one isn't my fault. I've QLF'd logging contacts enough times to know this just happens sometimes.
LCR: QSO #205: QSO not found in log of K0INR
I LOGGED: K0INR 0048 U 57 IA
Other than some trouble copying the initial call due to QRM, I think I got this one right.
LCR: QSO #403: Received QSO# 20 should be 204 W6AYC
I LOGGED: W6AYC 0020 A 68 SB
W6AYC was really loud, and I can't imagine having trouble copying that exchange. I must have fat-fingered the number, or I was not paying attention.
LCR: QSO #414: Received QSO# 71 should be 76 N2RI
I LOGGED: N2RI 0071 A 71 NLI
I missed the QSO number, which actually is pretty clear in the recording, and I should have copied it. So I asked for a fill "NR?". I think the other station mis-copied my fill request and sent his check, which was pretty close to the QSO number.
LCR: QSO #483: Received QSO# 271 should be 171 K2SX
I LOGGED: K2SX 0271 U 55 SC
He sent it 3 times, and I blew it. This was a tough QSO.
LCR: QSO #538: Received QSO# 444 should be 544 K3TN
I LOGGED: K3TN 0444 U 69 MDC
Some fast QSB on the "5" in "544" was the culprit here. Too over-confident. Should have asked for a fill.
LCR: QSO #540: Received QSO# 21 should be 216 K2SE
I LOGGED: K2SE 0021 B 76 SNJ
When he first sent his exchange, it was "21B B", and when I asked for a fill for number, I got "21B" twice. Clearly the op was sending CW manually, and I got confused by the missing dit in the 6. I should have asked for a fill on both the number and the precedence separately, as I assumed he was sending the nr and prec in response to my fill request for nr.
LCR: QSO #612: Received QSO# 176 should be 186 N7VS
I LOGGED: N7VS 0176 A 65 OR
Way loud, and I blew it. Fat-finger error.
LCR: QSO #968: QSO not found in log of W3UL
I LOGGED: W3UL 0548 U 54 MDC
I think I got this one right. It's suspicious that instead of a "TU" the other station called CQ. I suspect he lost me and didn't log the contact.
LCR: QSO #1036: Received QSO# 254 should be 244 K0NW
I LOGGED: K0NW 0254 A 58 ORG
QSB got the last dash of the first "4". I should have asked for a fill - not sure why I didn't.
LCR: QSO #1066: QSO not found in log of K4YZ
I LOGGED: K4YZ 0084 A 72 TN
Sounds like he got it. Not sure why I got a NIL. In this clip, you can hear how well the K3's diversity receive works - listen for K4YZ's signal as it swings from one stereo channel to the other.
Summary and Lessons Learned
- My error rate is pretty low. Improving my error rate might even lower my overall score, if I spend too much time digging out weak signals.
- For the most part, using the prefills speeds up my "TU" when running, when the prefill matches.
Beyond that, the main source of errors seems to be fat-fingering contacts, and not noticing it. I suspect that distractions in the shack (conversations, turning rotators, eating, etc.) are the root cause of these errors.
Thanks for reading, and I'd love to hear any comments, suggestions, etc.