The updated 2009 version of the IARU publication "VHF Managers Handbook" is out.
Chapter 7 deals with operating procedures, and already in paragraph 7.1 we can read the following:
7.1 Minimum Requirement for a valid QSO (Vienna 2007)
A definition for a valid QSO on VHF and on higher bands is:
A valid contact is one where both operators during the contact have
(1) mutually identified each other
(2) received a report, and
(3) received a confirmation of the successful identification and the reception of the report.
It is emphasized that the responsibility always lies with the operator for the integrity of the contact.
Ok, so far we "sort of" understand the meaning, can it be clarified furter?
Yes, paragraph 7.2 deals with what we enjoy so much, weak signals on VHF/UHF.
The "Weak signal QSO procedure" says:
A valid contact is one where each operator has copied both call signs, the report and a confirmation that the other operator has done the same. This confirmation may either be an "R" preceding the report or a string of three consecutive "rogers” (RRR)."
Right! Now we understand that the IARU is interested in us making real QSO's, not fake JT65 Deep Search transfer of virtually now information via the radio channel. As we know, Deep Search is instead heavily dependant on the information being present already in the computer.
So.. we continue reading, now paragraph 7.4.9:
"7.4.9 VALID CONTACTS
A valid contact is one where both operators have copied both callsigns, the report and an unambiguous confirmation. However no recourse should be made during the contact to obtain the required information, change of frequency, antenna direction, etc. via other methods such as the DX Cluster, talk-back on another band, etc. Such secondary methods invalidate the meteor scatter contact.
In essence: if anything concerning the ongoing QSO attempt is agreed through other means than the QSO attempt frequency a new start is required."
WOW! Couldn't be better! The IARU VHF Managers wants us to use the radio channel rather than the internet chatboards to make valid contacts.
This so so far from the JT65 digital crowd who uses chatboards all the time to pass vital information before and during the so called "QSO".
Hence, their QSO's are all invalid.
For CW operation we really don't need these clarifications. It is routine for us to complete our contacts via the radio channel, without telling the other end via the internet what is going on.
We are better, period!
CW is King!
73 de Peter SM2CEW