[CQ-Contest] Absurd Rule in NAQP

Pete Smith N4ZR n4zr at contesting.com
Sun Jan 17 11:24:53 EST 2016

The real question is how much better could it be doing?  I admit that 
the humane format of NAQP, particularly the 10-hour limit, is very 
appealing to me. But wait, that's infringing on a whole 'nother 
argument, isn't it?

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 1/17/2016 9:24 AM, Steve London wrote:
> "counter-productive anachronism?"
> Hardly !  Activity in the NAQP increases every year.
> 73,
> Steve, N2IC
> On 01/16/2016 02:24 PM, Pete Smith N4ZR wrote:
>> NAQP does not allow use of spotting assistance on any mode, and
>> single-ops using assistance are reclassified as Multi-two. Then,
>> *because they areMulti-Two, they are required to adhere by the 10-minute
>> band change rule*.  When I asked one of the organizers, he first said
>> that they had never thought about it, but after a couple of
>> back-and-forths, he affirmed that is indeed how it works.
>> Why should we care?  First of all, because penalizing assisted single-op
>> participants in this way is a classic example of unintended
>> consequences.  The band change rule was intended to prevent elaborate
>> octopus arrangments competing with genuine two transmitter multis, not
>> to limit single-op band changes.  It prevents assisted entrants from
>> participating in one of the most fun aspects of NAQP, moving stations
>> (or being moved)  to maximize the distribution of rare mults. For
>> people who operate assisted in other contests, it prevents them from
>> practicing high-rate assisted search-and-pounce skills unless they are
>> willing to accept a heavy handicapso far as NAQP competition is 
>> concerned.
>> It's hard for me to understand why NAQP would cling to this antiquated
>> situation.  The other three contests reclassifying assisted single-op as
>> multi-op were ARRL 10, ARRL 160, andIARU HF.  All three have now adopted
>> Single Op Unlimited as a legitimate competitive class. When will NAQP
>> get rid of this counter-productive anachronism?
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