[CQ-Contest] FD Class - Power multiplier

Robert Chudek - K0RC k0rc at citlink.net
Thu Jun 20 23:13:58 EDT 2013

So the obvious question is... how was the battery initially charged 
before it was brought to Field Day and put into service?

Was it sitting in your garage on a trickle charger during the prior week 
(i.e., charged from commercial mains)?

Or was it fresh from the 'Batteries-R-Us' in a sealed carton, delivered 
with a full charge? So then the question is how was it charged by the 

To meet the 'letter of the rules' it appears you need to buy a dry 
battery, pour in the electrolyte, and charge it up using solar or your 
private wind generated electrical source.

73 de Bob - KØRC in MN

On 6/20/2013 2:05 PM, Art Boyars wrote:
> Going to the source, the Rules on the ARRL web site:
> "6.9. Batteries may be charged while in use. Except for Class D stations
> [i.e., home stations], the batteries must be charged from a power source
> other than commercial power mains. To claim the power multiplier of five,
> the batteries must be charged from something other than a motor driven
> generator or commercial mains."
> So you may charge the battery while in use, but not from the mains.  If you
> charge from a motor-driven alternator or generator you lose the 5x battery
> mult, but I guess you remain in the battery Class.  Battery Classes are
> also limited to 5W.  "Other terms and conditions may apply"
> "You could look it up." --  C. Stengel.
> 73, Art K3KU
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