[CQ-Contest] What is Multi to you?

Gerry Hull gerry at yccc.org
Tue May 9 10:28:25 EDT 2017

Interesting Thread.

I've been contesting over 40 years.  In all that time, 99% of my efforts
have been at M/S or M/2 stations.
For more than 30 of those years, a multi-single was a station with one main
radio and one multiplier radio.

With a single tower and a good antenna complement, winning M/S in North
America has been possible with two radios.  We did it at more than one

If you read my comments on CQ Contest, you know that I don't live in the
past -- I love technology, and advancing the state of the art is where I'm

However, in this case, I think the case of N radios in a M/S is a
bastardization of M/S.  Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
I applaud the Huge M/S multi-radio efforts by K1LZ and others -- very cool
technology -- but all that does is eliminate a lot of people from ever
being in contention for top spots in the category.  If you look at the size
of the scores in these 5-to-10 radio Multi-singles, they are completely out
of line with "traditional" multi-singles.

In CQWW, there used to be a category for "experimental" operations ...  I'm
sure those guys building those huge M/S operations would not accept being
put in to such a category...  However, how do we encourage new stations,
and long-time "traditional" M/S stations to compete in the category?
 Since there are not a HUGE number of these Many-TX-interlocked M/S, and
they love to one-up each other -- why not let them compete in a category of
their own?

There's lots of technology/technique happening in the M/S space without
going to such extremes.


Gerry W1VE

On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 6:13 PM, W0MU Mike Fatchett <w0mu at w0mu.com> wrote:

> What does Multi Single mean to you?
> What does Multi-Two mean to you?
> What do these terms mean to the majority of contesters?  Does anyone
> know?  Do the organizers know?
> Multi-Single to me and many that I have discussed this with,  is one rig
> and more than one person doing the operating.  Simple.  A bunch of guys
> having fun around a radio.  It might even include some beer! A group of
> folks that may not want to operate the entire contest period or have more
> fun in groups or where clubs can get together and have fun.  It is not a
> Multi Multi station reconfigured with a bunch of interconnects and locks
> outs.
> Multi-two.  Two radios and multiple operators.  Same as above. Simple.
> This allows a slightly bigger station to branch out and bring in some more
> people.
> We already have a class for Lots of radios and operators it is called
> Multi-Multi.  Go knock yourselves out. Put 12 rigs on a band and figure out
> how to adhere to the rules.
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