[CQ-Contest] WPX OffTimes

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Wed Mar 18 06:41:00 PDT 2009

> Try this on for size,
> I was at the radio ready to go and a wind storm took the power out for 
> 35 min, when I get power back it take's another 10 minutes to get the 
> radio and amp going along with the computer.
> Now ::  Am I operating for those 45 minutes or do I still have a 
> requirement to take another 15 minutes before I can count the time off 
> or start the contest if I start at 0045 and loose those 45 minutes as 
> time off ??
> Is this to be consider  OFF time ??

The same thing could happen in the middle of your operating time and, yes,
it would be subject to the 60-minute minimum off time rule.  But your
original example, where it occurs before you made your first QSO, is not
subject to the 60-minute minimum time.  You can start your operating time as
soon as you want.  It doesn't matter why you can't/don't operate, only when,
as far as the 60-minute rule is concerned.

Ed - W0YK

The difference being that you have actually started the contest so once you
make a contact you then need to adhere to the off time requirements.

The rules do not state that all participants must start at 0000z. 


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