Great point as to why have the rule at all! Another reason NOT to have the
rule is because the rule, as written, actually outlaws a manual coax switch
and hand signals coordinating an operation that changes bands a lot.
I've always viewed FD as an emergency preparation exercise that uses
innovation to maximize traffic throughput while showing new comers and the
public the fun of doing it. Heck, we have to have lots of innovation just
to survive 105 degree Texas FD summers while New England is basking in the
"cold" 80s. ;-)
If its all about goodwill and such - why have the rule at all? If its
there, it is counter to the point, in my opinion.
It actually does specifically rule our SO2R in my opinion if you stop at the
text and ignore "the example" - which not the actual rule - its "an
example". Otherwise the rule would simply say - you can't have 2 operators
driving 2 transmitters on 2 bands interleaving dots and dashes or syllables.
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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Field Day SO2R
The rule as quoted does specifically refer to two operators using two
transmitters, so it does not rule out SO2R.
Besides, if all someone is interested in is getting on and operating, the
only rules that matter are the laws of that person's country. The presence
of any operating event, be it Field Day or WW, only imposes rules upon those
who enter by submitting logs.
And since the results of Field Day depend on more than maximizing QSOs (you
get points for publicity, for satellite contacts, for operating a GOTA
station, for copying the special FD bulletin, etc.), it really is just about
operating, promoting ham radio and fostering goodwill.
Perhaps we could get back to the "goodwill" part?
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