I just finished operating a M/S for IARU. Yes, we used the packet cluster.
BUT, I expect the top single operators to have more multipliers than we do.
And, I don't think they are using the cluster.
Why? Because of the ten minute rule for Multi-Singles:
4.2.1. Must remain on a band and mode for at least 10 minutes before
changing bands or modes.
A single operator can make a quick band or mode change to pick up a
multiplier. As a M/S, I cannot - if I make the change, I'm "stuck" for ten
Let's see...we had 247 multipliers. The top US/VE single operator (mixed)
on 3830 so far had 248! He also "beat" us by almost 600,000 points.
Not being restricted to a band/mode for ten minutes, especially
if using two radios, is a HUGE advantage. This is why the single operator
scores are so much higher than the M/S scores.
-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Martin Monsalvo, LU5DX" <email@example.com>
> Dear contesters:
> If I am not wrong, the usage of packet cluster is totally forbiden during
> IARU HF Championship.
> I participated in the SOAB CW HP class. Single radio, just a tribander, a
> and a loop for 80 mts.
> I did my best to catch as many mults as possible using the "in band" dual
> reception of our IC 781.
> Not having 160 also did not help in increasing the mult total.
> But anyway that is not my point. If you take a look at the DX claimed
> you will see some mult totals that really will catch your attention. I mean,
> is it possible for a single op, single mode, to work only 9 mults less than
> best of all the Multi Single stations (in terms of mults). I really do not
> it! I really hope to be wrong, and I will accept if someone gives a logic
> explanation about this numbers. I mean maybe they are totally possible, but
> you think a little bit..... Multi Single: one more mode, a lot more listening
> capabilities, etc. Vs Single Op (even if it is SO2R), on mode less, a lot
> listening capabilities.....
> I beg the organizers to double check for possible packet cluster abuse. I
> really love to go SOAB Assisted, but in this contest it is not allowed, so
> one have to use only the radio(s). I really do not believe we all were doing
> same way!.
> Martin, LU5DX
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