[VHFcontesting] operating procedure

Thomas Miller ac5tm at bellsouth.net
Wed Aug 27 03:10:59 EDT 2003

This is true except for family stations.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kenneth E. Harker" <kharker at cs.utexas.edu>
To: "Marten T Beels" <martentb at goshen.edu>
Cc: <vhfcontesting at contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2003 7:43 PM
Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] operating procedure

> On Tue, Aug 26, 2003 at 02:19:27PM -0500, Marten T Beels wrote:
> >
> > Hello all, I'm working out final details for my September contest
> > venture and have found a friend to go with me.  However, he's even
> > more inexperienced then I am, so we still have a few questions.
> >
> > What I'd like to know is, do we use one call sign?  We're both
> > bringing radios and will take turns operating and logging.  I know
> > that the rules state that we can't both operate on one band at the
> > same time, but I can't find the answer to my question in the rules.
> >
> > When he takes his turn at the mic (or key) does he call himself
> > KC8HZM (my call sign) or does he use KC8HZQ (his call sign)???  My
> > guess is that we use one call sign for the both of us, he thinks
> > that when we use my equipment we use my call sign, and when we're
> > on his radios, we use his call sign.  Who is right?
> Using multiple callsigns from the same contest station during a contest is
> against the contest rules.  Specifically:
> ARRL General Rules:
> 3.3. An operator may not use more than one call sign from any given
>      location during the contest period.
> 3.5. A transmitter used to contact one or more stations may not be
>      subsequently used under any other call during the contest period,
>      except for family stations where more than one call has been issued,
>      and then only if the second call sign is used by a different
>      operator. (The intent of this rule is to accommodate family members
>      who must share a rig, and to prohibit manufactured or artificial
>      contacts.)
> General Rules for ARRL Contests on Bands Above 50 MHz:
> 2.3. Rover: One or two operators of a single station that moves among two
>      or more grid squares during the course of a contest.
> 2.3.1. A rover vehicle may transport only one station using a single call
> 2.3.2. A rover may not operate with more than one call sign.
> 2.3.3. Rover vehicles must transport all the equipment, power supplies,
>        antennas used at each operating site.
> 2.3.4. Rovers sign "rover" on phone and /R on CW after their call sign.
> 2.3.5. All Rovers are encouraged to adopt operating practices that allow
>        many stations as possible to contact them.
> 2.3.6. Rover operators may submit separate logs for single operator (fixed
>        station) in addition to their rover entries. Rovers submitting a
>        for inclusion in a club competition must also include a secondary
>        summary sheet indicating the portion of the score which counts for
>        the club score if any of the QSOs submitted take place outside of
>        their club's territory.
> So, if you're operating portable or single-operator, you can use two
> callsigns if and only if you have two completely separate stations that
> you never intermix.  If you are a rover, it is clear that you can only use
> one callsign.
> --
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