[CQ-Contest] Defining CQ's Operating Time

David Robbins K1TTT k1ttt at arrl.net
Fri Sep 22 06:44:50 EDT 2006

In at least some contests there is the phrase 'listening time counts as
operating time'... which is of course meant to stop time limited classes
from listening for an opening or scanning bands for multipliers while they
are in their 'off' time.  but that is of course assuming they will be trying
to operate up to their category max time.  and since Cabrillo has no way to
note 'time on' and 'time off' in the log all you can do is put in a total
operating time.  The other confusion factor of course would be those REALLY
slow contests where time between qso's is greater than the off time limit,
if you don't log a contact for 30 minutes or so the automatic checkers may
count it as time off when you were hard at work trying to make a contact.

David Robbins K1TTT
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com [mailto:cq-contest-
> bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Ev Tupis
> Sent: Friday, September 22, 2006 02:10
> To: CQ-Contest eMail Remailer
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Defining CQ's Operating Time
> Since this is a CQ-sponsored list, I would like to ask
> a CQWW question.  Based on the document found at this
> URL: http://www.cqww.com/WW%20Rules%202006.pdf
> In Section VIII, there is a reference to requiring
> single operator stations to operate for 12 hours.
> Based on a recent posting to this list where a station
> can park on 10-meters and "wait for the band to open",
> I wonder...
> How is the term "operate" defined and "operating time"
> calculated for the purposes of meeting this rule?
> Ev Tupis, W2EV
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