With all this huge HQ activity, especially from Europe, multipliers hunting
is not so important anymore. It's more like WPX Contest now - the more
contacts you make, the higher is your multiplier total. For instance, on 80m
CW I heard (loud!) a bunch of multipliers that I simply couldn't work - like
EM5HQ, LZ7HQ and so on. They just keep on answering their EU neighbours and
completely ignore weak DX signals...
And yes, you are right about SO2R advantage for Single Ops.
73 Yuri VE3DZ
> Hi Martin:
> I just finished operating a M/S for IARU. Yes, we used the packet
> BUT, I expect the top single operators to have more multipliers than we
> 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
> 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.
> Mark, KD4D
> -------------- Original message ----------------------
> From: "Martin Monsalvo, LU5DX" <email@example.com>
> > Dear contesters:
> > If I am not wrong, the usage of packet cluster is totally forbiden
> > IARU HF Championship.
> > I participated in the SOAB CW HP class. Single radio, just a
tribander, a 4M40
> > and a loop for 80 mts.
> > I did my best to catch as many mults as possible using the "in band"
> > 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
> > is it possible for a single op, single mode, to work only 9 mults less
> > best of all the Multi Single stations (in terms of mults). I really do
> > it! I really hope to be wrong, and I will accept if someone gives a
> > explanation about this numbers. I mean maybe they are totally possible,
> > you think a little bit..... Multi Single: one more mode, a lot more
> > capabilities, etc. Vs Single Op (even if it is SO2R), on mode less, a
> > listening capabilities.....
> > I beg the organizers to double check for possible packet cluster
> > really love to go SOAB Assisted, but in this contest it is not allowed,
> > one have to use only the radio(s). I really do not believe we all were
> > same way!.
> > 73
> > Martin, LU5DX
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