[CQ-Contest] CQ160 Rule Changes in 2003 - Multi-Op Time Limit - Summary and Recommendation

Milt Jensen, N5IA n5ia at zia-connection.com
Thu Jan 16 07:11:49 EST 2003

Hi John and all,

It certainly makes the playing field a bit more equitable for all of us that
are FAR from any metro area OR large population region.

In our situation there would not be ONE Q logged between 1500 and 2300 hours
in the middle day of the contest.  We have never operated during that
period.  We will be totally through at 1700 hours on Sunday morning.

We will be operating 31 hours at N7GP in southeastern AZ as that is all the
time there is when there are stations on the air within propagation range.
Even then the time between 2300-0000 and 1400-1500 provides 2-3 Qs at best.

Good luck, and thanks for making the proposal.

73 de Milt, N5IA  ----  One of the ops at N7GP, Zone 3

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Crovelli" <w2gd at hotmail.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 6:42 PM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] CQ160 Rule Changes in 2003 - Multi-Op Time Limit -
Summary and Recommendation

> Greetings and Happy New Year to all Top Band contest enthusiasts.
> Last September, when the new CQ 160 contest rules were announced for 2003,
> this topic was discussed on the Top Band reflector.  The responses are
> summarized below.
> The overwhelming majority of multi-ops felt daytime operation was a burden
> and "not much fun" aspect of the event.  Most have been operating during
> daylight hours only because to not operate would give  a competitive
> advantage to other serious entrants.
> Virtually all respondents seemed to agree that putting a limit on multi-op
> entrant operating time was a reasonable idea, especially in light of the
> time limit now imposed upon single op entrants (30 hours max.).  It is
> anticipated there will be even fewer stations for multi-op stations to
> contact during daylight hours under the new single op time limits.
> Several respondents felt the multi-op limit should be 30 hours, some 32
> still others 36 hours.
> Unfortunately the contest rules were already published and could not be
> changed for the 2003 event.
> We propose multi-op entrants worldwide subscribe to a VOLUNTARY limit of
> hours or less of operating time during the 2003 contest period.
> The W2GD Team has decided to operate the following schedule during the CQ
> 160 CW weekend:
> 00:00 - 14:00  14 hours
> 20:00 - 14:00  18 hours
> 20:00 - 23:59   4 hours
> Total          36 hours
> At our North American location in NJ this schedule includes about 3 hours
> after sunrise and and 3 hours of before sunset operation.  We want to see
> how productive these daylight hours of operation will be before making a
> recommendation to the CQ 160 Contest Committee this spring regarding a
> change in 2004 that would set a limit for multi-ops.
> As always your comments and discussion of this proposal are most welcomed.
> Our Team (K2TW, KU2C, KB2JAQ, K8NZ, N2OO, W1GD, W2CG, W2GD, W2NO, and
> hopes that other Multi-0p entrants will agree and voluntarily limit their
> hours of operation.
> Best of luck to everyone.
> 73, John W2GD
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