[CQ-Contest] ARRL FD Rule 4 Opinion?...
n2icarrl at gmail.com
Thu Jun 6 08:39:51 EDT 2013
On 06/06/2013 03:50 AM, Peter Chamalian wrote:
> Back in the day when it was my privilege to serve on the CAC, we wrote the
> rule to definitively kill the octopus and any sort of time sharing. In
> those days, using two rigs on one band was not in the cards (heck we had
> enough trouble keeping the QRM down from adjacent bands).
> The Acom device would fall under this new rule (based on the intent we wrote
> back in the 1980's). It's simple. One rig, one band, 10 minutes (or
> whatever the current rule is for band changing). Period.
There is currently no rule for band changing.
Thanks to the internet wayback machine, here is the history:
2004 - 15 minute rule on band changes.
2005-2012 - No rule on band changes. Replaced by the statement: "Field
Day entries are classified according to the maximum number of
simultaneously transmitted signals...Switching and simulcasting devices
2013 - New statement: "The use of switching systems that allow for
lockouts in order to use multiple transmitters (i.e., an "octopus") in
an attempt to enter a lower-number-of-transmitters class are prohibited
(i.e. using 2 transmitters that can transmit simultaneously, with two
operators, and a lock-out system and entering class 1A)."
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