[VHFcontesting] CQ WW VHF Contest Rules Changes

Lew Sayre w7ew at arrl.net
Thu Apr 21 22:57:13 PDT 2011

   Wow. What a bunch of simply wonderful changes for the VHF radio contest!
 Now there is not  really much difference between a multi-op and a single
op. No need to emphasize the ancient skill of tuning and looking for contest
contacts as the internet will take over that function. That kind of stuff is
for those stodgy single operator HF types anyway who believe that the
interaction between a radio and the operator depends on developed skills and
not developed packetcluster services.
    But let us not stop there!  The avowed purpose of this rule change is to
increase the number of available possible contacts and to protect confused
contest entrants. This is an admirable pursuit.
    A modest proposal:
1)  Allow the single Op to operate both bands simultaneously.  SO2R is a way
of life on HF. This would be the next logical step for SO2R, except the Op
would be Tx on 2 bands at the same time.This contest has only 2 bands so
this is a perfect fit!  This would complete the assimilation of single Op
into multi-Op and keep the number of entry categories down to a reasonable
number. This would also increase the amount of RF in the air for the
2)   Allow duplicate contacts. If we really wish to increase the number of
contacts then allow dupes!  Maybe there should be one or two non dupes in
between the dupes but that could be figured out. We could sure have a whole
lot of transmitting and qso making then which is the emphasis, correct?
3)  Allow credit for hearing a beacon and entering the frequency correctly.
This will more than make up for the loss of skills which enable a competent
Op to tune a band and work what is there.

    These are just a few ideas to offer for the advancement  of the CQ WW
VHF Contest. Perhaps there are other forward thinking radio people out there
to come up with a few others.
73 and I remain,
   Lew    W7EW

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