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Same-Band “Dueling CQs” Now Prohibited in All ARRL Contests (from ARRL Bulletins) ARRL has clarified its contest rules to clearly prohibit the practice of interleaved CQs — also known as “dueling CQs” — on two or more frequencies in the same band. The clarification is an extension of existing rules that permit only “one transmitted signal,” and it formalizes what had been a “gentleman’s agreement.” “ARRL reviewed it, concurred that this is technically occupying two channels, and in consultation with several members of the Board of Directors — who had been contacted by concerned parties — and the Programs and Services Committee, it was concluded we needed to ‘clarify’ our existing rules,” ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said. An explanatory paragraph points out, “The intent of the rules has always been that a participant would use/occupy only a single channel in a given band, changing frequency in band from time to time leaving a CQ frequency to work a multiplier or to change the CQing frequency as band occupancy or changing propagation dictated, and this rules clarification will now give the needed added clarity to that intent.” The issue arose when a multioperator station successfully employed in-band interleaved CQs in the last ARRL International DX SSB event, substantially boosting their score. The topic subsequently occupied a lot of bandwidth on the CQ-Contest reflector, where elite contester Frank Donovan, W3LPL, observed, “That doesn’t make it right for [a contest station] to follow this practice that is generally understood to be unacceptable behavior by all of the rest of us.” At the time of the event, however, ARRL rules did not explicitly prohibit the practice, and as another top contester, Steve London, N2IC, asked, “Falls under the ‘what is not specifically prohibited is allowed’ rule?” Responding to a poster who said dueling CQs on the same band was simply “innovation,” Hans Brakob, K0HB, opined, “By any reasonable measure, running interleaved CQs on two [frequencies] in the same band consumes two operating channels on that band. In the existing period of limited propagation, many would consider such double-occupancy of a finite resource to be selfish, not innovative.” The update brings ARRL’s contest rules in line with those of CQ-sponsored contests, which already prohibit the practice of in-band, interleaved CQs. The IARU HF Championship Contest bans the practice for multioperator entries. The ARRL Contest Advisory Committee (CAC) was not directly involved in revising the rule. The rule clarification does not prohibit the practice of alternating CQs on different bands, also called 2BSIQ — two- band synchronized interleaved QSOs. Around the Hobby May 6-7 is a big QSO Party weekend. With the New England QSO Party, 7th Call Area QSO Party, Indiana QSO Party, and Delaware QSO Party on the same weekend, even with poor conditions there will be stations to work. Some logging programs will help you use one log to enter more than one contest - N1MM+ logger, for example, has a special "IN7QPNE" state QSO party type, for simultaneous logging of Indiana, 7QP, and New England QSO Parties. The same Cabrillo log can be entered for all three QSO parties. Don't forget to visit the web pages for the contests to make sure you're aware of any rule changes, and to have up-to-date abbreviations for county names. ContestUniversity.com has a new look and updated content. This year's event is only days away but you can whet your appetite by viewing some of the presentations from 2016 that have been posted to the website. Don't forget the rich assortment of other contesting related activities that will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dayton, Ohio May 17 - May 20. The ContestSuperSuite.com website has a page devoted to contest related activities related to the Hamvention. According to a May 1 Yasme Foundation press release (PDF): "Yasme has been a frequent supporter of Contest University (CTU). Earlier this year the Board made a grant to CTU to facilitate the attendance of Dr. Tamitha Skov at this year's Dayton Hamvention CTU session. Dr. Skov is a Research Scientist at The Aerospace Corporation in Los Angeles, California and is a frequent lecturer in the fields of solar and space physics. She makes regular "Spaceweather TV" presentations on her YouTube channel. Dr. Skov is one of the Professors at the 2017 CTU in Ohio and her talk is entitled "The Wonderful World of Space Weather." The same Yasme Press release also announced support of the 2017 Youngsters On The Air event in London, as well as other support for youth involvement in Amateur Radio in the United Kingdom. Control Operator "An amateur operator designated by the licensee of a station to be responsible for the transmissions from that station to assure compliance with the FCC Rules." The Control Operator ensures the "immediate proper operation of the station, regardless of the type of control." One practical yet sometimes overlooked implication for contesters is that the person operating the station must stay within the privileges of their own license, unless a control operator with higher privileges is present and in active supervision of their operation. An example: If the operator at a multi-op is a General Class licensee in the Extra portion of the band, they must be operating under the immediate supervision of an Extra class control operator. The control operator cannot nap, leave the position to eat, go to the bathroom, or in any way not be present and in immediate control while the General class operator is exceeding the privileges of their license. - ARRL Contest Letter
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