[CQ-Contest] IARU Rules RE: Packet

Steve London n2icarrl at gmail.com
Fri Jul 10 14:15:26 PDT 2009

Pete Smith wrote:
> I think the rule-makers have muddled things.  If single-ops using packet 
> (or Skimmer) are reclassified as multi-single *from the start*, does 
> that mean they are subject to the rules of the multi-single category or 
> not? 

These rules haven't changed for at least 10 years. There's nothing muddled here. 
If you use packet, and are going to send in your log, then you should abide by 
the multi-operator, single-transmitter rules. Otherwise, as a single-op, you 
have two choices:

- Don't use packet, and operate as single-op.
- Send in a check log.

As a related side note, I see that in the NAQP RTTY, NAQP SSB and NAQP CW 
results in the July/August NCJ, there are a number of Multi-Two scores that list 
only one operator. The NAQP is another popular contest that does not have a 
single-op "assisted" category. These one-operator Multi-Two scores were 
submitted by operators who used packet (or CW Skimmer).

Steve, N2IC

> On 7/10/2009 4:39 PM, Steve London wrote:
>> Hal Kennedy wrote:
>>> I could easily be mistaken, but I think IARU is the only, or one of the
>>> only contests that allows a SO to use either packet or SO2R but not both
>>> - which seems rather odd.  I wonder if that's on purpose, or an artifact
>>> of the rule making?  Not posting to stir up the packet debate of old,
>>> just looking for clarity going forward.
>> What ?!
>> I'm reading the rules at the official source: 
>> http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2009/iaru.html :
>> 4.1. Single Operator
>>     2. 4.1.2. One person performs all operating and logging functions.
>>     3. 4.1.3. Use of spotting nets, packet, or multi-channel decoders (such as 
>> CW Skimmer) is not permitted. Single-operator stations that use spotting nets, 
>> packet or multi-channel decoders will be reclassified to the Multi-operator, 
>> Single Transmitter category.
>>     4. 4.1.4. All operators must observe the amateur radio regulations of their 
>> country at all times.
>>     5. 4.1.5. Single operator stations are allowed only one transmitted signal 
>> at any given time.
>> ----------------------------
>> Where does it say that the use of packet is allowed for SO ? Where does it say 
>> anything about SO2R ?
>> Just to be perfectly clear:
>> The use of packet by a single-operator places you in the Multi-operator, single 
>> transmitter category. Period. End of discussion for 2009.
>> 73,
>> Steve, N2IC
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