Key to any rule that clarifies this issue is the idea that assistance
cannot be pre-arranged, or solicited in any way.
If some random operator that you don't know tells you about the 'JT1
just up the band', this is clearly not cheating and is a situation
that is out of your control.
Some purists may say that this is accepting assistance - I
respectfully disagree. This is merely the random chance of things
happening in a way that benefits you - sorta like propagation - you
have no control over it, you didn't ask for it, it just happens.
However, for example, if you make an announcement at your local club
that you will be operating and could use help locating multipliers,
and one of those club members does get on and finds you and relays the
same info about a JT1, this would be cheating.
Even if you don't come right out and request it, and the club members
"understand" what you're asking for based on earlier communications,
this would be cheating. It meets the criteria of being pre-arranged.
A lot of this depends on the honor and respect that one has for the
contest and the rules.
Robert E. Naumann
N5NJ / V26O
Plano, TX USA
ex KR2J, V26RN, W6V, WA2OVE
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Gilmer - N2MG" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2001 16:54
Subject: RE: [CQ-Contest] Re: Single op NOT assisted
> On Fri, 02 March 2001, "Dale L Martin" wrote:
> > How about changing it to
> > "Single operators are not allowed to ACCEPT OR
> > SOLICIT assistance during or
> > after the the contest in determining the identities
> > of stations, their
> > exchanges, or the frequencies on which they are
> > operating."
> What happens if you overhear a single-op passing a mult to another
> band? What happens if some do-gooder tells you that JT1 is just up
> -Mike N2MG
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