[VHFcontesting] Rover Circling Solution [was: ARRL VHF+ contest proposals: input invited]

John K9IJ k9ij at vx5.com
Fri Feb 20 21:40:57 EST 2004

At 10:23 PM 2/20/2004 -0500, Ev Tupis wrote:
>Lee Hiers wrote:
>>>"Once operation has ceased, the same grid may not be re-activated by the 
>>>same moving station in the same contest.  Operation in a previous grid 
>>>is considered 'ceased' as soon as a single contact is made from a new grid."
>>>No ambiguity.  Easily understood.  Easily policed.
>>Here in the southeast, with no enhanced propagation, I might decide that 
>>I want to move back and forth from one grid to another in less than 
>>4/8/12 hours.
>>And what if I decide to take the same route both days?
>You should consider a different strategy.  This one isn't allowed under 
>this proposal (and neither is grid circling).

There are a lot of rovers that squeeze rover activity into other activities 
in their busy days. Commuting to and from a work location, for example. 
Telling those people that they can only operate a short time, even though 
they may be in and out of the car many times over the contest period, just 
because they don't live close to a grid boundry, is just another 
disincentive to operating rover at all.  We need to 'encourage' rovers, not 
discourage them.

>>Both are perfectly legitimate activities.
>Legitimacy isn't the issue.  There are many legitimate activities that the 
>rules prohibit.  In example: a multiop may QSO their own operators above 
>2.3GHz, yet qso's below 2.3ghz are certainly as legit...yet they are 

The rules define 'legitimacy'. If the rules allow something it's 
legitimate, if not then it's not.

The rule that allows qsos above 2.3G between operators of a multi are there 
to encourage construction and use of equipment for those bands. Each 
'station' must be a separate individual station, even though the operator 
is participating in the multi operation. That's exactly why they were 
added, as an incentive to encourage activity on those bands.

John - K9IJ


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