[CQ-Contest] Field Day Rules

Jim Stahl jimk8mr at aol.com
Mon Jun 6 22:38:13 EDT 2016

Yes, 2B-1 would be SO2R. Not sure if anybody other than KW8N (in years he can’t find a second operator) does it.

I suspect that at lots of Field Day sites, you could legally operate some SO2R while the ops at a different radio are off eating, sleeping, or BSing.

73  -  Jim  K8MR

Who built an “octopus” for Field Day in about 1968 to run three stations in 2A. 

On Jun 5, 2016, at 12:24 PM, Steve London <n2icarrl at gmail.com> wrote:

> Bob,
> I went back and reread the thread from last year, and while some folks respectfully disagreed with you, you were not "dumped on".
> Can someone explain what the 2B1 category is ? 2 radios, 1 operator. SO2R ?
> 73,
> Steve, N2IC
> On 06/04/2016 11:50 AM, K5WA wrote:
>> Ed,
>> You are about to discover that you will be dumped on, like I was last year
>> for asking the same question, by the folks who wrote this rule.  Get your
>> flak jacket firmly zipped.  ;-)
>> This antiquated rule must have personal and political origins designed to
>> remove innovation sharing from FD.  An SO2R setup CAN'T transmit on 2
>> frequencies at one time so I would agree with your assessment that SO2R
>> would be allowed and encouraged to promote the innovative education that FD
>> is all about.  Lots of guys never get to see what an SO2R station looks like
>> and FD is the perfect, no pressure "contest" to see it in operation.  The
>> way the "octopus" rule reads is that one guy is keying multiple transmitters
>> simultaneously (i.e. NOT interleaved).  Now that is crazy but I guess
>> somebody did it and thus the rule was born.  The current rule really only
>> limits the method used to switch bands.  If you have a guy with a quick
>> wrist that can switch your manual antenna switch back and forth really fast
>> between contacts, THAT is OK but if you use an electronic means for that
>> switching, the supposed intent of this vague rule apparently wants to
>> eliminate the electronic method of doing the same thing.
>> Good luck and have fun at FD!
>> Bob  K5WA

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