[CQ-Contest] WPX FAQ - Single op off times

Milt, N5IA n5ia at zia-connection.com
Mon Mar 16 17:40:27 PDT 2009

Correct.  You cannot take "off" time if you haven't been on.

Likewise at the end, you can't take "off" time IF you have finished the 36 
cumulative hours of operating.  The contest is over for YOU.  You don't have 
any "on" time left to come back and operate.  If you do, as has been stated 
it will be lopped off the end of your log with no penalty.

GE to all.

Milt, N5IA

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "WW3S" <ww3s at zoominternet.net>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2009 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WPX FAQ - Single op off times

> So Milt, I think you are saying you cannot take off time before you start
> operating. So if the contest starts at 0000Z and I don't start operating
> until 0300Z, those 3 hours are not OFF time but LOST time? Is that how the
> contest managers view it?
> On 3/16/2009 3:13:58 PM, Milt, N5IA (n5ia at zia-connection.com) wrote:
>> Terry,
>> I don't see anything in Randy's comment that has anything to do with the
>> subject at hand.  He is talking about a different aspect of taking 
>> shorter
>> "OFF" times during the contest and then just making up the difference at
>> the
>> end by not claiming time you DID operate but in the end was slow and you
>> want to lop it off.
>> Your original question revolves around the actual STARTING time for you 
>> in
>> a
>> contest and the actual ENDING time for you in a contest, IF you allocated
>> time for operating is totally used WITHOUT operating at the beginning and
>> end of the contest.
>> OFF time denotes exactly that; that you are OFF; that your portion of the
>> contest is still running and that you will RETURN to OPERATING.  It has
>> nothing to do with your personal STARTING and ENDING times in the 
>> contest.
>> If you have not started the contest, then whatever time has elapsed is
>> time, nothing else.  The contest has not yet started for YOU!  Whether
>> it is
>> 10 minutes, 59 minutes or 5 hours that has elapsed from the offical
>> starting
>> time of the contest until YOU make your first contact, that is LOST time
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