Question: Field Day Rules on "Assistance" for 50 MHz Meteor Scatter

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    Jeff Millar

    Can the N1FD 50 MHz field day station use internet assistance to coordinate Meteor Scatter contacts?  Meteor Scatter operators commonly use the PingJockey site to coordinate contacts.

    The ARRL general rules for contests below 30 MHz forbid the use of Assistance.

    2.1.1. Use of spotting assistance or nets (operating arrangements involving other individuals, DX-alerting nets, packet, Internet, multi-channel decoders such as CW Skimmer, etc) is not permitted.

    But, the general rule for contests above 30 MHz allow the use of Assistance.

    <b>1.14.</b> All entrants, regardless of category, are permitted to use spotting assistance or nets including but not limited to DX-alerting nets, internet chat rooms, APRS and other packet, reverse beacon networks and repeaters to identify stations available for contacts and to announce (self-spot) their availability for contacts. Announcements shall be limited to call sign, location, band or frequency, mode and–if applicable–transmitting sequence and listening direction. These methods of spotting assistance may also be used to coordinate antenna peaking prior to initiation of the contact and to explain contest rules, such as the exchange required, for those who need clarification. Such assistance may not be used to facilitate the completion of any contact once the contact has commenced. This means such assistance may not be used to convey receipt or non-receipt of any required element of a contact or to request a repeat of any required element of a contact.


    Fred Kemmerer
    Fred Kemmerer

    Hi Jeff,

    I just went through the Field Day specific rules. You can view a copy via this link. I don’t see any reference to use of spotting assistance in the FD rules. The rules do say the following –

    9.2. See “General Rules for All ARRL Contests,” “General Rules for All ARRL Contests on Bands Below 30 MHz,” and “General Rules for All ARRL Contests on Bands Above 50 MHz” for additional rules ( that may cover situations not covered in these Field Day rules. Decisions of the ARRL Awards Committee are final in adjudicating Field Day problems.

    Based upon this, I’d say the the General Rules for Contests above 50MHz would apply. Lets discuss this some more at our Field Day meeting on Monday.


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    Jeff Millar

    Two replies from my W2SZ VHF contest group…

    Ed, K1EP says…
    FD is not a contest….contest rules don’t apply.
    Fred, K2TR says…
    Generally speaking, field day is anything goes. Even relayed contacts on packet count. K1TTT once entered in the zero transmitter category using an Internet connection to packet nodes.

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