It's not quite that easy. PVRC by-laws require prospective members to
attend two meetings before they can be elected as members of the club
and the contest is tomorrow!
On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM, Gerry Treas K8GT <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Why not give at least one of the boys a membership in your club? It might
> further interest, and the may find more friends and mentors.
> 73, Gerry, K8GT
> On 2012-11-16 10:09, Art Boyars wrote:
>> For a year or two I've been gently mentoring two brothers (now ages 14 and
>> 15) in ham radio, getting to the point where at least one of them is
>> studying the License Manual and hoping to get his ticket. I had them
>> "operate" at my house last Field Day (hopes for a field station fell
>> planning IS important). I did the CW myself, and while they were here and
>> awake I control-op'ed so they could make some phone QSOs. "One Delta,
>> Delta Charlie!" Fun! I submitted the log listing the operators as K3KU,
>> Y. Merkin, A. Merkin.
>> I've invited them over for SS Phone. They have family and school
>> commitments and will be here, if at all, Sunday afternoon/evening.
>> The ARRL's General Rules for Below 30MHz are clear that this would not be
>> Single Op: "*2.1.Single Operator: *One person performs all transmitting,
>> receiving, and logging functions as well as equipment and antenna
>> adjustments." Note that it does not say "one [licensed] operator"; it
>> "one >>person<<" (emphasis added). No problem. Since I might well wind
>> Multi-op, I'll just send Prec "M" from the start. If the trainees don't
>> show up, I'll submit as Single Op, and send a note to ARRL explaining why
>> sent Prec M.
>> Here's the dilemma. I want my score to count for my Club. But the
>> Rules say "8.5.2. At least 50% of the operators at a multi-operator
>> must be eligible members of the club...." So, if both wannabes show up
>> I'll fall below 50% and may not submit the score for the Club.
>> I asked ARRL HQ (KX9X) about the interpretation of the Rules, and he
>> confirmed what I wrote above. Then I solicited some local opinion, which
>> generally felt that this interpretation was nor fair, or couldn't
>> be proper. (There were some suggestions that I could just fudge it, but I
>> want to play by the rules.) I offer this as a topic for Contest Community
>> Is the dilemma worth worrying about? Should the Rules -- for SS; for
>> Contests -- be changed to allow something like the free GOTA station in
>> FD? Warning: it might be harder than you think to create a clear rule for
>> Special Note to KX9X, if he is monitoring the Reflector: If the wannabes
>> do count as operators, how come the FD results omitted their names? (Just
>> joshing, but it might be worth thinking about.)
>> 73, and CU SSPH, Art K3KU
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