DATOM Tech Note

Using NA with the new WPX Multi-Single Rules

By Dave Pruett, K8CC


When WPX changed the multi-single rules to allow a second multiplier-only rig, a new requirement was added that the multiplier transmitter was to use its own set of serial numbers.  When two NA computers are linked together for WPX m/s, this is not possible.

In response to an e-mail sent to me on this subject, I queried WPX Contest Director Steve Bolia, N8BJQ and this is the response he sent:

"I will take whatever you can generate that will give me a log with the correct serial numbers sent by each station.  If it is consecutive serial numbers that is fine.  If it is separate numbers on each band as in M/M, that will be fine also.  My original intent 2 years ago was just to have one set of consecutive serial numbers.  For some software (not yours), that proved to be a major problem. The work-around was to set up as a multi-multi which worked okay until they merged the log and the software renumbered the log.  I've not had any experience using NA linked so I don't have a good idea how you handle serial numbers."

"The intent is not to make it complicated, just to make sure I get a log with the correct serial numbers.  No one will be penalized if they use consecutive numbers or numbers by band or by transmitter."

My recommendation would be to continue to set up WPX multi-singles without using "QSO Number By Band", and as Steve has indicated above, will meet their logchecking needs as well.



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