[VHFcontesting] General Contest rules on VHF

Ward Silver hwardsil at gmail.com
Fri Jan 2 18:34:29 EST 2015

I have suggested to NN1N and W1MSW that they clarify what does and does 
not make a station SO vs SOU for the *current* VHF+ contests, including 
Jan 2015.  The SOU category is now able to make use of spotting 
information just as it is for HF contests.  Nothing in the current rule 
set permits self-spotting, so that is still the same - it hasn't changed.

I don't think the ad-hoc committee's recommendations will be overly 
dependent on the current rules. Nothing proposed by the ad-hoc committee 
has been adopted yet nor do I think it has even been formally submitted 
to the ARRL Board.  I'm not on the committee so take that with the 
appropriate dose of NaCl.

73, Ward N0AX

On 1/2/2015 5:18 PM, K2DRH wrote:
> Just so nobody falls into a trap ...?in the absence of specific VHF guidance?to the contrary?the general rules for ALL contests?would also still apply .. specifically:????
> 3.14. In contests where spotting nets are permissible, spotting your own station or requesting another station to spot you is not permitted.
> While the intent of the committee's new?PROPOSED rules seems to be to allow everyone the ability to spot yourself and use spotting networks on VHF?to facilitate Ms, EME and other modes ...?from what I can gather of? what has been said,?none of these VHF specific changes have apparently been officially adopted yet.?
> Might be totally wrong, but it sounds to me as if?the recent rules changes tacked on to 2015 VHF contests due to an apparent PS&C afterthought may have inadvertently created?some soon to be orphaned SO classes for VHF contests, since they will become moot?if and when the ad hoc committee's?rules change recommendations?are implemented.??I sure hope this?addition of an Unlimited category?won't ultimately?mess up the Ad Hoc committee's?good intentions.??
> 73 de Bob K2DRH

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