I am absolutely OK with what you are saying about antennas. My purpose was not
to tell that ''SO2R'' should be a separate category, but just that the
''assisted'' one, for the same reasons as ''SO2R'' should not be a separate
I other sports, categories segmentation are made in order to put equal strength
competitors in a same group. (F3, F1 for cars, size of boat for sailing,.).
In this vision, if an advantage A is stronger than an advantage B, the guy
using the advantage A will be in a higher category that the guy with the B one.
Obviously, for the ''contest'' radio sport, this is not the case. : For
example, the guy with several 4X4 stacks towers and 100W will be in a lower
category than the guy with 1000 W and a unique wire multiband low dipole. Same
thing for SO2R / SO1R (everything else being equal).
It is why I am saying that, in an ADVANTAGE point of view, If you are
considering that SO2R is not a sufficient advantage to justify a separate
category, I do not understand why (considering SO2R as a greater advantage than
spotting assistance) it is the case for the spotting assistance. That's up.
The reason why we cannot agree each others comes from the different angle of
vision about categories segmentation : I am seeing categories as a way to put
about same strength stations in a same group, you are seeing categories
according other criteria's, like "Human help'' versus ''mechanical help'' or
simply ''ways of living radio''.
There is nothing to argue to that, it is just some differences between the
various personal preferences.
But, my opinion is that there are too much categories and not rightly segmented
mainly for historical reasons and I know that this will not change before a
Gilles / VE2TZT
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