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From: ve6tn <ve6tn@shaw.ca>
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2005 10:21:18 -0600
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I thought I would add a bit of trivia and a perspective that may help in this 
particular debate.

1.  The huge score is a result of a tremendous operator, using a world-class 
station, and here is the last key . . . . from a QTH location that is 
absolutely killer into Europe.  For us contesters in VE6 land, we can only 
dream.  My friend Don Moman (VE6JY) with his full-size 4 element 80m yagi is 
challenged to even work Europe while someone in VY2 land is able to run station 
with a dipole all because of location.  Location, location, location.

2.  If we consider location to be an unfair advantage, then West coast stations 
will likely charge that the entire East Coast is an unfair advantage.  Where do 
you stop in trying to equalize things?

3.  It is the FCC that has chosen to restrict band usage to above 14.150 MHz.  
For a Canadian station to park themselves below that limit is really not an 
advantage, as fewer DX stations even go down that low to look for signals.  It 
could even be considered a detriment.  I know from experience that I can park 
on 14.147MHz and call CQ till the cows come home with little to no action.  I 
can move up to 14.225 MHz and be very busy quickly.  It should be understood 
that VY2ZM choosing to run below the 14.150MHz not so much for a competitive 
advantage, but out of "consideration" for others and ensured that a spot in the 
crowded band above was free for someone else.  The action was just being 
Canadian and being considerate!

4.  Amateur Radio crosses borders.  There is a unique and special relationship 
that has existed with the ARRL and Canada is like that of no other relationship 
in any other government/commercial entity anywhere.  It transcends nationalism. 
 For a large part of Amateur Radio history, Canada has been a full participant 
in the ARRL in the same manner as that of other states.  The relationship is a 
special one.

5.  There are legal, tax, cultural, and regulation differences between Canada 
and the US that necessitates some separation.  In my 29 year history as an 
amateur radio operator I have always felt like the ARRL made an extra effort to 
not alienate Canadian Amateurs.

6.  To this day the ARRL President or his designate has a seat at the closed 
door board of Directors meetings of Radio Amateurs of Canada where the most 
intimate details affecting Canadian Amateurs is discussed and decided upon.  
And the RAC president has a seat at the ARRL board meetings.  This is a special 
relationship, something no other "DX" entity has.

7.  Amateur radio is supposed to build bridges and overcome barriers to 
separation and segregation.  Separating Canada so as to not compete as part of 
the ARRL contests as we have historically done with our American brothers . . . 
. . . well this seems to be a bit "extreme" and one-dimensional thinking.  The 
current rules are based on inclusion and consideration and not ones of 

No, the historical relationship of Canada being considered for inclusion within 
ARRL is broad and across all ARRL activities including contests.  Sweepstakes, 
Field Day, CW, DX and others are all part of our Amateur contesting culture 
treat VE as a W.  I see no good reason to change things.

As amateurs we need to be careful so as to not go down the road of building 
barriers of isolation.  The arguments seem to be based not so much on the so 
called band advantage, but more based on nationalistic sentiment to keep the 
ARRL exclusively American, to exclude Canada but include Alaska/Hawaii/PR/USVI. 
 Doing so using strong nationalistic feeling towards Canada being a separate 
country, is to ignore the long history of the ARRL and the deliberate efforts 
of its founders and stewards to include Canada in everyway possible.  The 
current situation with respect to the ARRL is that Canada is "NOT" in the same 
category as DX.

I am happy to be an ARRL member and a RAC member.  The contesting rules reflect 
the greater purpose of amateur radio, that barriers should be removed not walls 
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