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

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Tue Jan 25 06:14:22 PST 2011


No, it's not prohibited.  But as a little pistol, if I may, a few words of advice:

Let your team know that if you ask me to QSY for your benefit, and I respectfully decline, don't make an issue out of it.

I have found it very annoying, when I've been able to secure a "run" frequency amongst all the KW's and beams, to have a station work me, ask me to leave my run frequency to work them on another band, and then give me an argument when I decline.

For one thing, if there are people waiting to work me (rare, but it happens), it's rude to make them wait while I gallivant off somewhere else.  Further, if I give up that run frequency, I may not get it back.  

I'm not in the position of some of the big-gun multi-mults who seem to think they own a frequency, who can plop on top of me after THEY QSY to chase a mult elsewhere, and tell me to get lost because it's "their" frequency.  I can't muscle or overpower someone else out of the way.

But arguing with me that I should go?  All that operator is doing is breaking my rhythm, disrupting my operating, wasting my time... and making it look to a casual observer coming by that I'm not in the contest.  The argument doesn't help either of us, and hurts me more than it hurts you.

And on the same token, if your guys ask me to QSY, they shouldn't assume that I will and then start calling CQ on my run frequency.  Not only is that rude as well, it's poor amateur practice.  It also leaves one with the impression that I was asked to change bands not to work the other station, but to free a frequency up for them to take.

I don't know of any contest that prohibits it outright.  But it's a technique that can be misused, and has been.  

73, ron w3wn

Jan 25, 2011 07:56:56 AM, 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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