[OhQP-mail] Ohio QSO Party Rule Changes
Jimk8mr at aol.com
Jimk8mr at aol.com
Mon May 18 07:51:32 CDT 2015
The Mad River Radio Club and Ohio QSO Party Committee are pleased to
announce significant changes in the Ohio QSO Party, effective for the 2015 event
which will be held on Saturday, August 22.
We have decided to replace the serial number in the contest exchange with
a signal report. While it was fun to watch the competition in real time, we
believe the confusion caused with an exchange format different from that
used in other concurrent events caused people to avoid participating in the
OhQP if they were also involved in one of the other contests. So now, one
can just treat the multiple contests as one big one covering several states
and work everybody with the same exchange.
Secondarily, keeping track of serial numbers made things difficult for
mobiles while in motion, and often caused confusion for multioperator efforts
using several operating positions.
We will be contacting software developers to update their software to the
new OhQP exchange. While we hope all will be able to get updated logging
software in time for the 2015 OhQP, for now we will still be able to process
logs showing a sent serial number; just log the received RS(T) in the
received number field.
In a second, relatively minor change, the use of CW Skimmer and similar
automated spotting tools will be allowed for single operator stations. (Note
- the use of the regular spotting networks by single operators has been
allowed for many years). We do hope that stations using Skimmers will share
their bounties of cool OhQP stations found with the rest of the world via the
regular DX Clusters.
We're looking forward to seeing lots of you in the 2015 Ohio QSO Party,
Saturday, August 22, 1600Z to 0400Z August 23!
73 - Jim K8MR
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