[CQ-Contest] Rules Question M2 CQ WW

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Sat Oct 8 19:00:22 EDT 2016

I guess my definition of transmitter never meant transmitted signal.  I 
failed to find this definition in any radio book I own.   If that is 
what is meant then why not say that?  Historically meant "transmitted 

"The log must indicate which transmitter made each QSO. Each transmitter 
may make a maximum of 8 band changes in any clock hour (00 through 59 

What does this mean then?  Maybe transmitter should say station?   Are 
people using 10 transmitters thinking they can make 8 band changes per 
transmitter and not per transmitted signal? The rule makes absolutely no 
sense if you attempt to allow more than two transmitters.  The rule 
expects transmitter A and transmitter B.  I have no clue how people are 
interlacing transmitters C -Z and the 8 band changes per transmitter 
(station) into the mix and keeping it all straight.  This rule needs to 
be rewritten in much clearer language.

I think what you are saying and trying to be nice is the intent of the 
rule was indeed at one time was that it was two transmitters (radios) 
same for MS.  Those two categories have devolved in my mind into 
categories as you indicate that are now dominated by what should be MM 
Multi Unlimited stations that have reclassified to other categories by 
pushing the envelope.

Instead of making categories more competitive for the many it 
essentially limited it to big super stations.  M2 and MS classes used to 
be where a few guys that did not want to do the 48 hours could get 
together and have fun and put up big scores with much smaller stations.  
Now to compete in those classes you have a much bigger station.

I agree that we do need to look at how we need to make the Multi op 
categories more  competitive.  What we have now discourages people to 

Finally, are there any other definitions that are not what they seem?    :)

On 10/8/2016 12:33 PM, Randy Thompson K5ZD wrote:
> As we have seen with the proliferation of interlocked transmitters used by
> some multi-single entrants, the definition of transmitter is not what it
> seems.  Transmitter has historically meant "transmitted signal".  So a M2
> entry could have two (or more) interlocked transmitters on a band.  As long
> as there is never more than one signal on a band at a time, it is considered
> OK.
> This should probably be reconsidered in an effort to make the multi-op
> categories more competitive for more stations.  But, it has become a big
> area of station improvement over the past 5 years so unlikely to get the
> genie back in the bottle.
> Randy, K5ZD
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> W0MU Mike Fatchett
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>> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Rules Question M2 CQ WW
>> I would like some clarification on the Multi 2 transmitter rule.
>>   From the CQ WW Rules Website:
>> *2. Two Transmitters (MULTI-TWO):* A maximum of two transmitted signals
>> on two different bands may be used at any time.
>> The log must indicate which transmitter made each QSO.
>> Each transmitter may make a maximum of 8 band changes in any clock hour
>> (00 through 59 minutes).
>> Total output power must not exceed *1500 watts* on any band at any time.
>> Line one says Two transmitters.  Does this really mean just two
>> transmitters per the contest period?  Rig 1 and Rig 2 and you can have as
>> many receivers as you want and operators but all contacts need to be made
>> using rig 1 and rig 2?
>> W0MU
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