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Re: [CQ-Contest] cheating with packet

To: Mike Fatchett W0MU <w0mu@w0mu.com>,Robert Naumann <w5ov@w5ov.com>,'Russell Hill' <rustyhill@earthlink.net>,'Yuri VE3DZ' <ve3dz@rigexpert.net>,Untitled <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] cheating with packet
From: <ve4xt@mts.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 10:30:05 -0600
List-post: <mailto:cq-contest@contesting.com>
> I still agree with the original poster.  Why does it matter if the spot
> comes from the next table over or across the country?  If it is multi-op in
> one case would it not be multi-op in the other?  Obviously the rules state
> otherwise but why the distinction?  If the other person on the next table 
> not logging, holding a freq, operating or otherwise, why would that be
> multi-op?

The short answer is that multioperator is about more than merely 
receiving spotting assistance.

When you're multiop, you have more than one person who can rotate 
through the chair, keeping the on-air op as fresh as available bodies 
allow. In some cases, you can have a multiplier station working new 
mults. In others, you can have many stations on multiple bands at once.

In SO (A), it's still just one person in the chair for the duration. Spotting 
assistance doesn't help him take pee breaks, stay on the air while fixing a 
sandwich or buy him the extra time permitted multiops in some contests 
(SS, for instance). Spotting assistance doesn't keep him on the air during 
mandated breaks. Spotting assistance doesn't mean you're any more 
alert 36 hours into the contest.

Remote spotting assistance also doesn't guarantee the spots are 
relevant to your location: just because a spot pops up on K1TTT's Telnet 
node doesn't mean you'll be able to hear it. Having a guy in the shack 
feeding you spots means you're never chasing any wild geese. 

And, in most cases, it would contravene the part of the rules that says 
"one person does all the transmitting, receiving and logging, as well as 
equipment and antenna adjustments."

How far is it from having an in-shack spotter to having that spotter point 
the mult antenna and set the frequency into the second radio or second 

73, kelly
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