N6IG & W6AX ARRL160, SOSSMC
n6ig at netcom.com
Mon Dec 9 16:30:47 EST 1996
Well, now that I have slept and read some messages on the subject, here
are some scores and some comments. I am cross posting because it is both
a score posting as well as a CONTESTING topic of discussion:
N6IG SOHP 549/8/73 = 96,714 points 11.1 hours
W6AX SOHP 558/9/76 = 102,000 points 8.8 hours (op N6IG)
These were two entries that I operated as a single-op, unassisted, FROM
THE SAME STATION. W6AX is a club call for which I am the trustee...
My rationale: operating 160M from the west coast can get rather boring,
you simply run out of people to work. I had an idea: why not run two
contests and compete against myself. I read the ARRL rules very
carefully on this point. In the CW SS, for example, it clearly states
(1) an op cannot sign more than one call from a given location during the
contest, and (2) a given transmitter may not be used under multiple calls
during a contest except for family stations. This rule also applies in
the ARRL DX contest...but it is NOT in the "complete" rules posted on the
ARRL web page or the "complete" rules available from the e-mail server.
Net result: I had a lot of fun. I would operate the contest for an hour
or two with one call, then QRT and operate an hour or two with the other
call. I gave lots of people 2 QSOs instead of one, and NO, N6IG did NOT
work W6AX or vice-versa. Also, the club I belong to gets two entries
around 100K for the club competition instead of a single score around
130K which I would have made with one callsign.
Questions: Is this legal? Clearly, it is not disallowed in the
"complete" rules, so it is legal.
Is this ethical? Who knows...I can't see where anyone got hurt, except
where I didn't work myself. Everyone else got two QSOs instead of just
one, it promoted more activity.
If N6IG feeds a mult to W6AX, does this make them both multi-op? I say
no, as the rules define "all operation being done by a single operator".
Clearly, there was a single operator here, just using two calls.
Who else will try this next year? Will someone try three calls? Four?
What is the breakpoint for most points to be gained for a given amount of
time spent when determining a club entry?
The last two questions are probably moot, as I fully expect the
"complete" rules next near to disallow this sort of operation. Too
bad...it was quite a kick!
73, Jim N6IG
n6ig at netcom.com
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