I thought I’d experiment today with the WW CQ Contest and try the “dupe” feature on HMRS. I have purposefully put in worked callsigns but the dupe warning only shows up occasionally. I have searched for an answer but haven’t found anything. VO1OK
Out of curiosity, what template are you using? The HAMRS dupe algorithm may differ depending on the template.
Also, was the QSO entry exactly the same for each not flagged as a dupe (same UTC day, same frequency and/or band, and same mode)? Or were there differences between them?
What constitutes a dupe can differ from contest to contest and event to event. For instance, POTA treats any differences between band, mode, park number, and UTC day as different contacts. If they all match, including the park (if there is one), then it is a dupe.
The way I read the rules, the CQ WW SSB contest recommends you submit your duplicates anyway to ensure the other party gets credit. So this may only matter if you are trying to avoid dupes to be efficient or avoid annoying the other party.
I used the generic template to see how dupes work if I were in a contest. I wanted to avoid annoying the serious guys with a dupe. I was just experimenting and not in the contest. Thanks for your advice. I see the logic of how it works. I’ll see how it goes in my next POTA activation. VO1OK
It’s a great feature, especially when you are doing the hunting during POTA. It keeps you from wasting time checking to see if you’ve worked the person already.
Just FYI, if you do have duplicate hunters while you are activating a park, don’t hesitate to just keep the QSO in your log. The POTA system will filter out the duplicates.
Thanks for that VO1OK
It would be nice if the notification happened as soon as the call is entered. This would alert you that there MAY be a dupe when you are about to work a station.
This usually does work for me, at least in the POTA template.
It’s a pop-up, much like the call sign look-up notification.
Would the dupe contact have been on the same band, mode & date?
I just work and log them:
A: It is faster than telling them they are a dupe.
B: Maybe you busted someone else’s call sign and they really aren’t a dupe.
C: Maybe they lost their log and don’t know they are a dupe.
73, Charlie - K0LAF