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From: keating at (Roger Keating)
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Subject: VHF rule clarification
Cc: dibona at, keating at, mcginni at

Hi, I'd like a quick clarification of the rules for this weekend's

1.   Our club is not ARRL affiliated...we're working on it.
     Can we use the club call and operate as a contestant?  W6RDF.
     Some say is only for affiliated clubs.  Others say yes.

2.   Some members will be rover.  These persons will use a different
callsign altogether and are not operating with the club, but as an independent
team.   What is the incentive for going to many grids?
As we read the rules, we wonder if every additional grid multiplies the
score again.  Would you explain how to compute the score for those of us
who have never been rover and cannot be sure how it is supposed to work?

How is an extra grid worth more points to a rover if he is there vs just
contacting a station from that grid?   Please be very clear...explain it
as if you are addressing a jury in a court room who has no idea what ham
radio contesting is about, and has never heard of grid squares.

3.  Do satelite contacts count in this contest?

4.  Do packet contacts count in this contest?   If so, on what frequencies?

5.  Do machine assisted CW contacts count in this contest?
	I.e. computer interpreted/produced morse code via human using keyboard.

6.  Which 6m frequencies are OK for FM simplex?
    Can QSOs be solicited via repeaters on 6m?  Is this legal on ANY band?

7.  Which FM frequencies are legal for QSOs in the 440MHz band?

8.  What if we contact a person in a hang glider?  Is he aeronautical mobile?
What about parasail parachute operators.  Don't laugh.  There are quite a
few of these guys in DM13 on 2m simplex.  At their altitudes, their signals can
go far.

Thanks for the assistance.  We have many new techs who are getting involved
and want to participate, but few veterans who will take time to teach them.
This is a shame, but it is apparently the case.  Our most active and outgoing
hams are our least experienced it seems.  These questions are an attempt to
answer the questions we didn't know to ask until recently.

Roger Keating, KD6EFQ
Director of Membership Communications,   (fancy title, low pay)
Pt Loma ARC - W6RDF
P.O. Box 80733
San Diego CA 92138-3221

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