I understand that this whole thread is based on the "problem" with TO5T,
but it's not really a problem at all, according to the rules.
Having been involved with various forms of competition over the years
(sports, R/C airplane "pattern" competition, and now ham radio contesting),
I learned long ago that "anything not specifically prohibited by the rules
is expressly permitted by the rules!"
So here we have a group which has (presumably) interpreted the lack of
specific rules in their favor and everybody is raising heck about it, and
we have those suggesting CW is a superior mode because "those" kind of
things just don't happen there, blah blah blah. I guess it give people
something to do.
You're absolutely right that the contest sponsors need to review the rules
- if they determine this is a loophole that should be closed, then so be
it. But until then, all the whiners should re-read the rules and learn to
deal with it!
My original posting was spurred simply by the inference that "everyone" who
appears more that a couple of times on the DX cluster is spotting
themselves, which is clearly bogus.
At 07:33 AM 3/28/01 -0800, Jeffrey Clarke wrote:
> The problem we have with the WPX rules is they are not clear on the
>subject of if a multi-op entry can spot themselves. The rules clearly
>say that an assisted single op entry cannot self-spot but says nothing
>about the multi-op categories. My guess is the TO5T group interpreted
>the rules as allowing them to self-spot themselves. Because the rules
>are unclear about this there is no reason for TO5T to be DQ'ed.
> I think ALL the contest sponsors need to review their rules to make
>sure there is nothing ambiguous about them. They also need to crackdown
>on groups which try to gain an advantage by using non radio means
>to gain a small advantage. I wish packet would just go away and not be
>allowed for use in contests.... Don't you just just love those packet
>pileups?? No, unless you are on the recieving end.... Unfortunately,
>this will never happen....
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