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Re: [CQ-Contest] IOTA Contest Rules for 2012

To: Zrinko Zibert <ve3zik@googlemail.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] IOTA Contest Rules for 2012
From: Maarten van Rossum <pd2r.maarten@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:53:35 +0200
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You have got a good point. They way I read it is that going form 20m SSB to
20m CW and back again to 20m SSB counts as two band/mode changes.
I do feel this should be made more clear in the contest rules.

However, I do think the 6 band/mode change rule is much better then a 10
minutes rule like some other contests.

Normally I don't mind being limited to only making 6 band changes. But this
is a mixed mode contest and since this rule also counts for mode changes as
well, 6 band/mode changes seems a bit scarce.

Furthermore, we used to operate the IOTA contest field day style from EU
146. Since this Island is easily accessible by car, we can not claim being
a DXpedition. Al lot of work but no benefits. This is why we are trying to
find a suitable location with shelter and AC power for this years addition
for the IOTA test. If we are not able to find such a location we will no
longer participate in the IOTA contest. For 8 years our group has
participated in the IOTA contest field day style (having lots of fun I
might add). The amount of work it takes to put up a competitive station for
a 24 hour contest has become a bit to much. Some of the operators in our
group have families now and therefore have less time for the hobby.
Changing the rules and creating a new class which would suit our operating
style would not change that for us at this point. However, I do feel a
field day style entry class would be a nice addition.

Just my two cents.

73, Maarten PD2R
Calls used during the IOTA contest: PA0ABM/p, PA6HQ/p, PI4HQ/p and PA2A/p

2012/3/28 Zrinko Zibert <ve3zik@googlemail.com>

> Hello Don,
> thanks for your info. What I am not understand is, why MTPL Station is
> limited to 6 changes? Of course, for RUN STN is ok, but still have no idea
> why MTPL :-)
> And, one more question. if we change from 20m SSB to 20m CW and then back
> to 20 SSB, is that actually 2 changes? Is ANY change (band OR mode) one
> change?
> C U in IOTA 2012 @9A0D DXPN Low power Team (EU-170)
> 73s, Zik DK8ZZ, VE3ZIK, YT3ZZ
> 2012/3/27 Don Field <don.field@gmail.com>
> > The revised rules for the 2012 IOTA Contest now appear on the RSGB
> Contest
> > Committee website at:  http://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2012/riota.shtml
> >
> > There have a few rule changes this year, following last year's invitation
> > for comments and feedback (it is some 10 years since any significant rule
> > changes were made).  My apologies that these changes haven't been
> announced
> > earlier but, as with the 2011 results, everything is running late this
> time
> > for a number of reasons, including the aftermath of the T32C trip!
> >
> > *Here are the main changes for 2012:*
> > The World Multi-Operator category has been discontinued.
> > Island Multi-Operator stations must observe a "6 band mode/band changes
> per
> > hour" rule.
> > Island Multi-Operator stations must identify Run and Multiplier stations
> in
> > their log.
> > The score for non-island to non-island QSOs is reduced from 3 points to 2
> > points.
> > Low Power island expedition stations can now choose any antenna that they
> > want.
> >
> > Two of these changes have been made to restore the original intention of
> > the contest, which is about working islands. To some extent this has been
> > lost, with some non-island entrants spending much of their time working
> > other non-island stations. The QSY rule for island multi-ops is one we
> have
> > resisted for some time, but it is clear that some entrants have been
> taking
> > advantage of the lack of such a rule, so we have had to follow CQWW and
> > others in introducing one, and insist that run and mult stations are
> > clearly marked in the log. As for the last rule change, this is at the
> > repeated request of many Low Power expedition operators, though we do
> > understand that it might prove a challenge for those using small aircraft
> > or boats to reach an island.
> >
> > We look forward to seeing many of you in this year's contest.
> >
> > Don G3XTT
> > IOTA Contest Manager
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73, Maarten PD2R
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