[CQ-Contest] IARU Rules RE: Packet

Pete Smith n4zr at comcast.net
Fri Jul 10 14:02:41 PDT 2009

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?  If they are, then Hal's right, they cannot do real SO2R because of 
the band-change rule.  If they are not - if all this means is that they 
are classified with the multi-singles, but can operate otherwise as 
single-ops, that's fair enough, though I wonder why there are no 
single-mode multi-single categories in either the IARU or ARRL 10-meter 

73, Pete N4ZR

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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