[CQ-Contest] Question about category

Tonno Vahk tonno.vahk at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 03:36:54 EDT 2020

Thanks for pointing that out Dave!

I have not entered ARRL contests seriously for a while and had not noticed that. Of course that proves even more clearly that Operating does not include technical or physical assistance at the station so it is all clear about CQWW.

But in ARRL contests indeed one should be careful about using any help like that as single op.

Generally of course it would be good to have those standards similar in CQWW, ARRL and other major contests. Too much confusion otherwise.

I don’t think CQWW should change the rule though as the formula 1 concept has been around for a while and having an operator supported by technical people has been well accepted. It would be another one of those pointless restrictions nobody can enforce and most people are not aware of or don’t care about.


On 4. Oct 2020, at 17:35, David Siddall <hhamwv at gmail.com> wrote:

One should read the CQ rules for specific CQ contests, and the ARRL rules
for specific ARRL contests.  There are differences, and this is one of

In all ARRL HF contests, if any person other than the operator performs any
function, including "antenna adjustments," the correct category is
multi-operator.  For CQ contests, the category can be single-operator,
because CQ does not have the applicable ARRL rule.  The specific rule is
2.1 of the "Rules for ARRL Contests Below 30 MHz" available at this link:

"*2.1.Single Operator: *One person performs all transmitting, receiving,
and logging functions as well as equipment and antenna adjustments."

73, Dave K3ZJ

On Sun, Oct 4, 2020 at 8:06 AM Tonno Vahk <tonno.vahk at gmail.com> wrote:

> Yes, of course you are single op unassisted.
> Firstly it is 100% clear that using a human antenna switch does not put
> you in Assisted category as you are not using any QSO Finding Assistance as
> clearly defined.
> Secondly, Single Operator is defined as : One person (the operator)
> performs all operating and logging functions.
> Any technical help is clearly not logging function. So the only
> theoretical question remains if it is an operating function.
> It is not. It is clear from the intent of the rules, including all other
> CQWW or ARRL contests for example that operating is the actual operating
> and making of QSOs, RX and TX on a band.
> ARRL in his FAQ even defines it:
> “Operating” includes all methods of soliciting and making QSOs.
> <   >

> Tonno

On Sun, Oct 4, 2020 at 8:05 AM K9MA <k9ma at sdellington.us> wrote:

> How about the guest operator who shows up before the contest for a
> single-op operation, while the host spends the weekend fixing things the
> go wrong? With remote operation, the guest op doesn't even have to
> actually be there.
        <     >

> 73,
> Scott K9MA
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