[CQ-Contest] Mult passing: is it okay to use?

Zack Widup w9sz.zack at gmail.com
Tue Jan 25 06:16:36 PST 2011

As long as the rules don't specifically prohibit it, I don't know why
it can't be done. In fact, I have had several stations in HF contests
ask me to QSY to another band to work them. It happened twice in the
recent NAQP.

On VHF+ it is common and expected. There's very little chance of
making a random QSO on the bands 2304 MHz and above around here. My
nearest stations in VHF contests are usually 100 miles away and dish
antennas have too narrow a beamwidth to just stumble across someone.
Almost all QSO's I make on 903 and above are by "mult passing." There
have been many times when I worked someone on 50 or 144 MHz and we
then went up the bands all the way to 10 GHz.

73, Zack W9SZ

On 1/25/11, Frank R. Oppedijk <frank.oppedijk at avista.nl> wrote:
> Hi group,
> I'm a member of the PA6Z contest group and we're about to take up a
> technique that we haven't used earlier, namely that of multiplier
> passing. With this, I mean: asking a station on the band to QSY to
> another band, in order to also make a QSO on that other band.
> Voices went up saying that the technique of multiplier passing would
> be not allowed to use in some / most / all contests. Or at the least
> that it was a technique that would be frowned upon by the contest community.
> I am not aware of multiplier passing as being prohibited, or having a
> negative aura, and wonder if anyone of you has a definitive answer.
> And does the contest community frown upon the use of mult passing as
> a technique to increase the multiplier count?
> Thank you, 73,
> Frank PA4N
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