[CQ-Contest] What is Multi to you?

Yuri ve3dz at rigexpert.net
Wed May 10 08:31:05 EDT 2017

Gerry, I understood your point. 
Please don't take it as an offence.
Just look at it from this angle:
There are RULES in the Contest, and serious contesters study rules, find the way how to use technology to advance the score without breaking the rules and then do a great deal of technological, intellectual and financial investments into realizing their ideas... 
And then someone who don't (or can't) do the same start to complaining.
At least that's how it looks sometimes (again, no offence!). 

Isn't is the same with the idea of remote contesting, the idea which you really love and support? 

I don't know what needs to be done to attract more competitors to the M/S category... Maybe creating a new sub-category, something like "Classic", just for M/S, would help?


-----Original Message-----
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Gerry Hull
Sent: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 9:29 PM
To: Ria Jairam
Cc: CQ-Contest; Yuri
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] What is Multi to you?

If you think I'm complaining, I'm not.  You've missed my point.  I don't give a hoot -- I enjoy the game, and finishing behind those 8-station guys in M/S is just fine with me.

It just keeps eliminating more and more people from the game.  Exactly what we don't want.  That's my only worry.

73, Gerry W1VE

On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 9:20 PM, Ria Jairam <rjairam at gmail.com> wrote:

> Why all this complaining I wonder? We have stations griping about how 
> it's not "fair" and how people have "too many advantages."
> Guess what - life is not fair!!! In sports the bigger, stronger, 
> faster one will win. In radio sport the big guns closer to 
> advantageous areas and who can do SO2R will win. That's just how it 
> is. If you're out west and tired of being beaten, then come pay the 
> high taxes and enjoy the harsh winters out east. Or maybe pay a remote 
> service and use one of their stations in Maine or New York and win a plaque. Turn key plug and play.
> Meaningless in my eyes (YOU didn't build that), but if you're so badly 
> after a plaque that is one way.
> I have a single tower station with one radio and one amp. I do fairly 
> well. I win the district sometimes and even squeak my way into the top 
> 10 sometimes. I'm happy with that, but I could improve and do better 
> in the placement. But let's be honest. Someone could dump a ton of 
> money and build a multi tower station complete with low band 4 
> squares. They'll beat me. Is that fair? Maybe it isn't. But I'm not 
> going to knee cap them because I want to win. I just deal with it.
> Ria
> N2RJ
> On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 7:57 PM Gerry Hull <gerry at yccc.org> wrote:
>> I have no problem with Dual CQ SO2R, Yuri. These are great advances 
>> in technique and show excellent operator skill and innovation.
>> Time Division Multiplexing 8 operators and radios to a "single" 
>> radio, IMHO, is not the same thing and is not in the spirit of the 
>> rules.  It is simply a technology technique which is within the 
>> letter of the rules, but not the spirit.
>> Yes, I have to accept it if the rules may not change.  I DO accept it...
>> However, I don't think it is a good way to encourage new M/S teams to 
>> participate.
>> We all have our opinions, these are mine.
>> 73, Gerry W1VE
>> On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 6:14 PM, Yuri <ve3dz at rigexpert.net> wrote:
>> > Gerry,
>> > Isn't  SO2R Dual CQ operation (a-la CT1BOH, N6MJ etc.) is the same 
>> > type
>> of
>> > <quote> "elimination of a lot of people from ever being in 
>> > contention
>> for
>> > top spots in the category" <unquote>?
>> > All that you said below is true for ANY category.
>> >
>> > I think it's all about the rules.
>> > If they aren't broken and they allow to do such, then... one either
>> needs
>> > to change the rules or has to accept the fact.  Maybe it's time to
>> research
>> > some other ways to attract (more) new competitors, like doing more 
>> > WRTC-style (live) competitions during June FDays, working more 
>> > closely
>> with
>> > schools, colleges and other youth organizations and so on...
>> >
>> > Best regards,
>> > Yuri VE3DZ
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On 
>> > Behalf
>> Of
>> > Gerry Hull
>> > Sent: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 10:28 AM
>> > Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] What is Multi to you?
>> >
>> > 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 station.
>> >
>> > 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
>> > at.
>> >
>> > 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.
>> >
>> > 73,
>> >
>> > Gerry W1VE
>> >

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