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ARRL 10 GHz + Contest 2004

Hello the net,        


The intent is to increase activity and to add more interesting ways to 
QSO for valid contest points.
No "magic" or "sacred cows" here,  just some possible new directions to 

Is everyone happy with the structure of the ARRL 10 GHz + contest  ?

Are there any changes needed  ??

Some ideas for 2004's contest:

1.  BONUS BAND,   add a bonus band like 2304, or  3456, or 5760 MHz. 
Only one bonus band per year
as defined ahead of time. Possibly 5760 MHz for 2004,  3456 for 2005, 
and  2304 for 2006,  then start the rotation again.
The object is to increase (encourage) activity in these three lower 
microwave bands.
Many people have the equipment, lets' use it. One bonus band per year only.

Bonus band QSO's distance points would count the same as a 10 GHz QSO.
NO operator points would  count for the bonus band. This is not a 
contest for the bonus band only.
You must operate on 10 GHz  as a minimum.
 i.e., distance points only, no 100 points for the first time you work 
an operator on the bonus band.
Bonus band qso's could be used in the 10 GHz or the 10 GHz + categories.

2.  New MULTIPLIER FACTOR for 24 GHz and higher. These millimeterwave 
bands still need some encouragement
to gain widespread popularity as has been experienced with the 10 GHz band.

Possibly add a rules change to include:
for the final score double (2X) the distance score for 24 GHz QSOs
for 47 GHz and 76 GHz  bands use,  a  4X   factor to the distance score.
for bands in the 120 GHz band and higher use a   10X   factor for 
distance scores
Possibly a 10X factor for all bands above 10 GHz to encourage activity 
and experimentation.

3.    AERONAUTICAL MOBILE:  Proposed new rules change to ALLOW aeronautical
operations for the 2004 contest only. Possibly extend into the 2005,  10 
GHz contest weekends.
The technology is here that would allow safe contest operation from an 

The VUCC program prohibition to aeronautical QSOs would continue and NOT 
be changed.

4.   SATELLITE OPERATIONS:  Allow any satellite qso with a uplink OR a  
downlink frequency in the
10 GHz or higher bands or in the bonus band.
Operator points count but the distance points are at a ( 0.1 X) 1/10th  
scale factor to compensate for the line of sight
and repeater issues. Distances would be calculated between the 6 digit 
grids of the terrestrial locations.
Manned and unmanned satellites ( more than 500 Km above the earth) could 
be included.
Terrestrial repeaters may also be useable in the contest. See next item.
Maybe the Shuttle or the ISS could be equipped with Microwave equipment 
narrow band or wideband FM  !!!
Dust off those Gunnplexers and avoid the doppler correction.

5.   Include the use of terrestrial microwave repeaters that operate on 
the bonus band and all bands 10 GHz and higher.
Distance points would only be for the operator to the repeater site. 
Repeater must ID with the 6 digit grid.
example:  2 operators could QSO direct, point to point then operate thru 
the repeater for an additional QSO.
QSOs thru the microwave repeater less than 10 Km from the operator  DO  
NOT count.
At least 1 operator would have to travel 10 Km (driving) before they 
could QSO again.
In band or crossband repeaters for the 10 GHz and higher bands and the 
bonus band could be used.
No other repeaters using  other bands could be used for QSO points.
Linked repeater WOULD NOT count unless the linking was in the 10 GHz and 
higher bands or the bonus band.

6. What are your ideas.....   ?

Lets encourage and promote microwave band use.

Stan, WA1ECF   FN41sr   Cape Cod

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