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Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL Rule Change for Remote Ops - Always Multi-op?

To: "Jahnke, Bart, W9JJ" <w9jj@arrl.org>, "cq-contest@contesting.com" <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL Rule Change for Remote Ops - Always Multi-op?
From: Barry <w2up@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:31:41 -0600
List-post: <mailto:cq-contest@contesting.com>

With your quoted definition, there have been a lot of miscategorized operations over the years. I've even read in 3830 write-ups about station hosts swapping out amps, climbing the tower, etc. during the contest.

Barry W2UP

On 7/27/2017 07:53, Jahnke, Bart, W9JJ wrote:
Hi Barry,

While each contest sponsor has their own rule definitions, ARRL has used this 
published definition for Single-Operator for nearly 20 years:

        2.1.Single Operator: One person performs all transmitting, receiving, 
and logging functions as well as equipment and antenna adjustments.

In ARRL contests, if a station host or other helpful person makes any equipment 
or antenna adjustments, whether locally or remotely, they cause the operating 
category to become Multioperator.   Meals, refreshments, etc don't enter the 
ARRL's definition of assistance.  Assistance is when as the operator you are 
unable to perform equipment, rotor or antennas adjustments/maintenance and you 
must call upon someone else's help (that help if embraced changes your 
operating category to a Multiop profile in the ARRL contests).

Thanks for participating!


Bart Jahnke, W9JJ
Contest Branch Manager
ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio™
225 Main St
Newington CT 06111

-----Original Message-----
From: Barry [mailto:w2up@comcast.net]
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:37 AM
To: cq-contest@contesting.com; Jahnke, Bart, W9JJ
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL Rule Change for Remote Ops - Always Multi-op?

John makes a very good point.

Every guest op has a host taking care of station issues, making meals, etc.  It 
makes no difference whether a guest op is on site with a 3 ft long connection 
to the radio, or has a key or mic connection via the internet.

This rule is a step in the wrong direction and should be reconsidered.

   Barry W2UP

On 7/27/2017 04:15, jpescatore--- via CQ-Contest wrote:
Bart - the wording of the rule change for remote operations ("If another operator 
acts as the on-site control operator of the remote station you are using, the entry must 
be submitted in a multioperator category") implies that there is no such thing as a 
single-op remote entry.

How does the control-op issue compare to a physical guest op, where the station 
owner is still physically present during the contest? Should such guest 
operations be considered multi-op as well? If the issue is that the local 
control op *might* be required to take some action, the same is true of the 
station owner with a physically present guest op.

73 John K3TN
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