[CQ-Contest] ARRL DX Contest Multioperator Station Guidelines

Randy Thompson k5zd at outlook.com
Thu Oct 22 22:43:56 EDT 2020

April fools day came early?

Would love to hear some of the reasoning behind this rather radical new (?) category. 

Randy K5ZD

> On Oct 22, 2020, at 9:15 PM, David Siddall <hhamwv at gmail.com> wrote:
> Guidelines Issued for ARRL DX Contest Multioperator Stations
> 10/22/2020
> ARRL has issued guidelines for multioperator stations competing in the ARRL
> DX Contest (CW and phone). With the global pandemic continuing to impose
> restrictions on social gatherings, multioperator contest stations may not
> be able to operate normally while still adhering to local social distancing
> guidelines. ARRL has taken the decision to make temporary accommodations
> for a multioperator station to participate as a team in these popular ARRL
> contests, under the following guidelines:
>   - Team members may operate from their home stations in conjunction with
>   the multi-op station.
>   - Their home station must be located within a radius of 100 kilometers
>   (62 miles) of the multiop contest station.
>   - Their home station must be located within the same DXCC entity as the
>   multiop contest station.
>   - All team member stations must use the same call sign as the multi-op
>   contest station for the duration of the contest.
>   - Logging software must be networked, so that all team member stations
>   are using a common log.
>   - Individual operators may not work the multi-op contest station or
>   other team member stations using a personal call sign or other call sign.
>   - All multioperator rules, such as band changes and number of signals on
>   a band, still apply. See the full *contest rules*
>   <http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx> for details.
>   - The team must determine and control band assignments, ensuring that no
>   more than one team station is transmitting on any given band at a time.
> The multiop contest station may be staffed at less than full capacity while
> maintaining safe practices, so operating with a combination of team members
> at home stations and team members at the contest station is permissible.
> The CW contest takes place on the third full weekend in February (February
> 20 – 21, 2021). The phone contest takes place on the first full weekend in
> March (March 6 – 7, 2021).
> For questions, *contact* <contests at arrl.org> the ARRL Contest Branch.
> 73, Dave K3ZJ
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