The KYQP Contest Committee is pleased to announce a change in the multi-op category for the KYQP, starting in 2020. Kentucky club stations can enter in the multi-op category by allowing members to share and use the same club call from their individual home stations as long as one consolidated log is submitted. This change will essentially allow multi-op efforts while maintaining safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to quality under the multi-op category, the club must follow these guidelines:
- All stations must use the same club callsign
- All logs from individual club members must be imported into one log file
- The consolidated club log must then be submitted in cabrillo format as a multi-op entry
- Any club operating in this matter should use its best efforts to prevent duplicate contacts
How to Avoid Dupes
We encourage all clubs to carefully consider how they will prevent dupes. Duplicate contacts can easily occur if two club members are operating on the same band and mode at the same time. Here are some suggested options:
The easiest approach might be for the club to create a schedule in which various members are assigned times to operate on separate modes and bands. This would prevent two stations from operating on the same mode and band during the contest. The various logs could be consolidated after the contest and submitted in cabrillo format as one consolidated multi-op entry.
If two or more stations want to work the same band and mode, the club could assign station 1 the first six hours of the contest. That station could operate multiple bands on the same mode during his time allotment. When his time is up, that station would export his log as an ADIF file from his logging program and email the ADIF file to the next scheduled operator. The second station would import the ADIF file into his logging program and start operating according to the bands and modes he had been assigned by the club. When station 2 completes his assigned time, he could repeat the process and export his log (containing both the contacts from station 1 and the ones that station 2 added). This file could then be emailed to a third station. Following the contest, the last round of scheduled operators would export their logs as ADIF files and email the files to someone who will consolidate all of the logs into one log file. This log should then be exported in cabrillo format and sent by email to the KYQP contest committee.
It may be possible to link remote stations together via a TCP connection similar to how large multi-op stations are setup using advanced logging programs like N1MM. This would allow multiple stations to operate at the same time using the same call while logging and checking dupes in real time.
We hope this announcement will encourage more Kentucky clubs to get on the air this year. In the end, we will eliminate dupes as we check the logs and no one will be penalized for excessive dupes. With a little forethought and organization, we think clubs can have fun operating in multi-op mode while keeping everyone safe at home.
Individual Entries Still Encouraged
Despite this new multi-op club category, we still encourage many Kentucky operators to continue to operate the KYQP as single op entries. As single ops, they can use their own calls and may qualify for the various plaques awarded each year.
Please email us with any questions.