[CQ-Contest] RTTY Sprint Contest

James.E.Brown at LRD03.usace.army.mil James.E.Brown at LRD03.usace.army.mil
Mon Sep 15 17:29:44 EDT 1997

On the subject of "round-robin" qsos, this was beat around pretty
well on the cq-contest reflector last year.  With no resolution,
however.  Actually, the rule implies that if one does not solicit a qso,
then one does not have to qsy.  A move IS required if one solicits a
qso.  In practice, generally everyone moves after a maximum of two
qsos on a frequency.  However, by the letter of the rule, unlimited
qsos are possible on a frequency.  As long as one is being called by
other stations without soliciting, then one could keep the frequency
and run the string.  I tried this once in the phone sprint, just to see
what would happen, and it didn't go over very well with at least one
other contestant at the time.  When this was brought up on the
reflector, opinion was split, with some maintaining that holding a
frequency and running violated the "spirit" or "intent" of the rules.  

Also, the rule as stated in the RTTY Sprint announcement, is different
than that stated in the NA CW and Phone Sprint announcement, in
that the NA announcement states  "Once a station is required to qsy,
that station is not allowed to make another qso on the vacated
frequency until at least one subsquent qso is made on a new
frequency . . .".  There is no such statement in the RTTY rules.  Also,
the wording on the round robin is soft, i.e. it does not read as a strict
prohibition, but just something that is discouraged.

Jim            W4LC

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