[CQ-Contest] 10 minute rule explained
Ron Notarius W3WN
wn3vaw at verizon.net
Thu Jul 30 18:59:28 PDT 2009
The essence of the "10 minute rule" -- be it as little as 2 minutes or as
many as 30 -- is to ensure that an M/S or M/2 station actually be an M/S or
Otherwise, a self-appointed would-be quasi-lawyer-type will insist that so
long as at any given moment, only 1 transmitter (transceiver) is actually
transmitting, a station using two different rigs on two different bands is
very technically a M/S--M/2 -- even though in reality it's a M/M.
And the rule was put in place because of that very abuse of the intent of
the M/S category. Anyone else remember The Octopus and similar
A Boy & His Radio should remain A Boy & His Radio, even when A Boy has his
Friends over! And A Boy & His Friends & Their Radios Together are NOT A Boy
& His Friends & A Radio! (Sorry Hans for the turn of the phrase)
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[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Zack Widup
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:58 PM
To: CQ Contest
Subject: [CQ-Contest] 10 minute rule explained
Yes but why 10 minutes? Why not one or two minutes?
73, Zack W9SZ
On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 10:53 AM, Tree <tree at kkn.net> wrote:
> > But, what is the idea behind the 10 min rule for M/S, anyway? It's
> > a single transmitter, just multiple operators. What makes this any
> > different than a S/O making band changes?
> > Just wondering. Seems to me like a really silly rule...that's why I
> > a decent explanation of why.
> Without the 10 minute rule - one can just use unlimited transmitters and
> operate like they were a full multi-multi. The intent of the 10 minute
> rule (or a limited # of band changes/hour) is to "enforce" the intent of
> the category - which is that you have two stations setup.
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