[CQ-Contest] Advantages not created equal

Kevin J. Rowett krowett at rowett.org
Tue Aug 17 11:29:03 EDT 2004

>> I lost count of how many "can you QSY to 10?" we had to turn down 
>> because of
>> the counterproductive and unnecessary 10 minute rule which should be
>> rescinded.  I wish those legions of tube-radio guys would upgrade to
>> solid-state radios so we could finally bag the 10 minute rule once and 
>> for
>> all.
>The 10 minute rule, for all of its flaws, effectively eliminates the 
>use of an "Octopus" station in the competition.
>What other simple, enforceable rule would exile the octopus without any 
>other deleterious effects?

Consider the version of the 10 minute rule now used in the California
QSO Party - Once an operator starts, that Op must remain at the transmitter
for 10 minutes.  He can do anything the station is capable of - all other
ops are restricted from transmitting.  This effectively keeps a M/S station
from having the M/M "octopus" advantage.

73, de -KR- N6RCE
CU in the Calif QSO Party Oct 2-3

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