[CQ-Contest] Try writing a rule separating SO2R

Nat Heatwole nat at ajheatwole.com
Mon Jan 27 14:06:07 EST 2003

> SO1R = one (1) person using (1) radio, regardless of whether is has
> dual VFO's, and if it does, not using that second VFO!
> C'Ya, Shelby

May you never become a lawyer! This definition is so full of holes I
don't know where to start:

1. By the above definition, all stations using packet assistance are
SO2R, as they have more than one radio (their HF radio and their packet
radio, both on at the same time). Of course, you could limit yourself to
only Internet packet clusters, but that would be much less effective.

2. By the above definition, all stations who use their second VFO to
work split in a contest (ie. on 40m-160m SSB) are SO2R, as they are
using their second VFO to make contacts. In ARRL DX SSB, for example,
one would have to basically chose between being able to make QSOs
on 40m and being SO2R.

3. What if one uses 3 radios during the contest? Which category is that
operator in if only one is transmitting at a time? Your definition does
clarify this situation.

4. What do you mean by "one radio"? Does a person who has a pair of
Drakes or Heathkits (one RX and one TX) have two radios? What if your
rig breaks down in the middle of the contest and you replace it with a
backup rig that you have sitting in the shack? Is that SO2R? After all,
you did use two different radios during the contest.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head, but it's more than
enough to warrant a revision of the definition. The task is by no means
trivial, but I would think that with all of the people on this reflector
that favor splitting SO1R and SO2R into different categories, that one
of them could compose a viable, unambiguous, yet still concise
definition of SO2R. So far, I have yet to see this.

73, Nat, WZ3AR

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