[VHFcontesting] Number of Rule Sets

Ward Silver hwardsil at gmail.com
Fri Jan 2 18:40:26 EST 2015

Unfortunately, yes.  Three was bad enough!

Treat this situation as temporary, though.  People are aware of the 
problem, resources are slowly becoming available, and just adding an 
appropriate definition of "spotting information" in the "...Above 30 
MHz" rules would take care of it.  I don't expect this to be the way the 
rules are laid out forever.

73, Ward N0AX

On 1/2/2015 5:28 PM, James Duffey wrote:
> With my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, while smiling, I ask “So now we have to look in four places to get a complete set of rules for the Contest?”
> Seriously, that does seem like a step in the wrong direction. - Duffey KK6MC
> On Jan 2, 2015, at 4:18 PM, vhfcontesting-request at contesting.com wrote:
>> In the absence of alternative rulings from HQ about what constitutes the
>> boundary between SO and SOU, I would use the following from the HF Rules
>> (http://www.arrl.org/general-rules-for-arrl-contests-below-30-mhz):
>> *2.2.1.*Use of spotting assistance or nets (operating arrangements
>> involving other individuals, DX-alerting nets, packet, multi-channel
>> decoders such as CW Skimmer, etc) not physically located at the station
>> is permitted. (Exception: spotting information obtained from any source
>> outside the station boundary via a closed or dedicated communication
>> link may not be used.)
>> Before anybody gets cranked up about HF rules in VHF+ contests, remember
>> that the original recommendation was only to create SOU in all ARRL HF
>> contests and it was the P&SC which extended it to VHF+ without any
>> additional discussion.  So the original recommendation was based on
>> 2.2.1 as above.  That definition needs to be broadened and made less
>> dependent on specific technology but it will suffice for now.

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