Going to the source, at least of ARRL rules, reveals that most people here
are getting it entirely wrong. Namely:
2.1.Single Operator: One person performs all transmitting, receiving, and
logging functions as well as equipment and antenna adjustments.
2.1.1.Use of spotting assistance or nets (operating arrangements
involving other individuals, DX-alerting nets, packet, Internet, etc) is not
So, 2.1 clearly says one person performs all transmitting, receiving and
logging functions. 2.1.1 further prohibits a single operator from spotting
assistance, and not just the Cluster kind.
> From: "Paul J. Piercey" <email@example.com>
> Date: 2007/12/20 Thu AM 06:39:35 CST
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] cheating with packet
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: email@example.com
> > [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Russell
> > Sent: December 19, 2007 23:07
> > To: Yuri VE3DZ; email@example.com
> > Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] cheating with packet
> > Question: If a single operator has a friend in the shack
> > trolling the bands looking for mults, and when the friend
> > passes him a call and freq he shifts to that freq and works
> > the station found by his friend, does that "single operator"
> > retain his status as SO?
> For my money....
> It depends upon the contest. In most it wouldn't change the operator
> but in ARRL 10 and 160 it would make him multi-op. He would have to
> "Assisted" in the others. Unless the other guy did any operating at all.
> > If having a second operator in the shack takes one out of the
> > SO Category, why does having the 2nd, and 3rd, and 4th etc
> > operator at the other end of an internet connection change
> > anything? What is the difference? If one is assistance, is
> > not the other?
> See above. Cluster use, or another operator feeding spots to you, in
> and 160 puts you in the "Multi-op" category as per the rules. Personally, I
> would like to see a consistency in categorizing cluster use. Pick
> or "Multi-op" for every contest and that might eliminate a part of the
> confusion about what it means to use the cluster or have secondary
> in play.
> 73 -- Paul VO1HE
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