The Multi-Operator Single-Transmitter category covers a wide span of interests. At the lower levels, it is a few friends enjoying radio together for the weekend. At the top levels, it combines all of the strategy, competitive drive, and expense of Formula 1 car racing! With such a broad range, we wanted to understand how the participants feel about the current rules.
Q. Have you ever operated in the Multi-Operator Single-Transmitter category in the WPX Contest?
It was bit suprising to see such a large difference. This could be a result of only sending surveys to the email address of the log submitter and not to each operator in the team.
Q. Should the rules for the Multi-Operator Single-Transmitter category be changed?
For this question, we looked only at those who answered Yes to operating in the multi-single category.
|10-minute rule with multiplier station (no change)
|Band changes per hour
An interesting result! One that shows a lot of momentum in keeping the current rules, but also shows there is interest in a simpler alternative.
- The rule should be only one transmitter. Not transmitted signal. Enforcement is tricky but that is true on a lot of things.
- Having a multiplier station available to operate makes it much more interesting for the team as a whole. Going to a pure single Tx model would be a backward step.
- Only one transmitter connected and operational at any time — additional transmitters allowed on the premises but must be disconnected from power and/or antenna.
- The operation per hour brings more security against cheats, with outcomes that can be more real.
- Dump the second xmtr – ‘single transmitter’ should be single transmitter. Then you can dispense with any band-change rules.
- I lean toward keeping rules as simple as possible.
- 10 band changes/hr = 6minute rule
- This can be confusing in the heat of the moment
- I range between “10-minute-rule w/ mult station” and “10-minute-rule”. Reason: if “w/mult station” then the M/S category needs a setup like a M/2-station, and real Multi-OP-Single-TRANSMITTER (only one trx at all) are handicaped. I’d prefer a clear possibility for single TRANSMITTERS and then the M/2-Class. But on the other hand, the M/S-Class as is right now is very interesting also, and it would be pity to lose this class. This is a difficult decision and I hope you will find a good solution.
- 10-minute rule with multiplier station is the best improvement since previous rules change. Very good thing for strategy and active band scanning for second operator.
- Band changes / hour provide much flexible operation.
- When we say Multi-Operator Single-Transmitter, you mean many persons & 1 TR. By saying multiplier station you give the right to every body to have 5 stations looking all together for multiplier. When you say Single-Transmitter, I mean ONLY 1 TR and not 2nd-3rd-4th-5th stations for multipliers.
- Abolir regla de los 10 minutos, libertad de cambios en bandas para la multiplica-dora
- Time to get rid of the 10 min rule period! SINGLE TRANMITTER is just what it says.
- MultiSingle with Mult station is a 2 TX Multi
- This is all to complicated to keep up with so would never try to operate this category
- I love the logistic for all our operators to fullfill this rule
- Why limit band changes at all??? I never understood the reasons for this rule.
- SINGLE TRANSMITER means just that — NOT TWO RADIOS. If the entrant wants to use two radios great— just put them in a different category.
- I can live with any of them, though band changes per hour is probably easier to keep track of than the current rule.
- My wish: After M/2 was introduced, M/S should be changed to *one* radio only. Small stations with only one operating position can´t compete in the M/S category right now. Stations with two operating positions should change to M/2, which is more fun anyway…
As you can see, there are very strong opinions on all sides!
The WPX Committee is carefully considering a change to the Multi-Single category rules for 2010. We believe that the addition of the Multi-Two category several years ago has created an imbalance. There are essentially three multi-transmitter categories! There is currently no place for a station with only one radio to compete. Almost any top level Multi-Single station can easily step up to the Multi-Two category. This gives us the opportunity to make an adjustment in the rules to create more opportunity for more stations.
The choice is:
1. Keep the multi-single rules as they are. [A run station and a multiplier station each on its own 10-minute timer.]
2. Change the multi-single rule to allow 8 or 10 band changes per hour. [Only one transmitter which could change bands xx times during each hour. This would also match the rules for the WPX RTTY Contest.]
Please add your comments below or write to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) before November 1. I want to hear your opinion! Rule changes for 2010 will be announced before the end of November 2009.