Marty Woll n6vi at socal.rr.com
Mon Jul 9 09:09:13 PDT 2012

Hi, all.

I just received a reply from the Field Day manager at ARRL HQ.  What the rule is trying to prevent is the use of devices that allow one operator to key up multiple radios simultaneously.  Apparently this has been done in the past for the purpose of artificially increasing the entry category and getting additional 100-point-per-transmitter e-power bonus points.  I have suggested a re-wording of the rule.

It appears that there is no prohibition on the use of an Octopus to prevent, say, multiple ops on different bands at a Field Day VHF station from transmitting at the same time.  I hope to get an explicit statement to that effect from those in charge.

Remember to get those VHF logs in to JuneVHF at arrl.org.


Marty N6VI

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Timothy Coker 
  To: H Lawrence Serra 
  Cc: SCCC 
  Sent: Monday, July 02, 2012 9:23 AM
  Subject: Re: [SCCC] N6WIN 2012 ARRL FD 1E LP

  Does anyone in the club know what the term switching in the context of the
  Field Day rules means? I understand that to simulcast is to transmit on
  multiple frequencies at once. I am now thinking that switching would
  probably refer to something like channel switching in which someone is
  transmitting on a predetermined pattern of channels, or random, like a
  trunked VHF or UHF system? Maybe Marty or some of the other VHF/UHF
  enthusiasts have some experience in what the ARRL is possibly trying to

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