Actually, these new rules make a lot of sense. The requirements are
minimally intrusive. Much less so than a referee in the shack.
What serious competitor doesn't use computer logging? What serious
competitor doesn't have the computer tracking frequency so as to switch
filters and antennas?
Given the reverse beacon network, a station claiming to be running low/QRP
power can be tracked almost continuously throughout the contest. Given
antenna, transmission line and elevation information, a model can be created
so the low/QRP power station can be compared to relatively nearby other
stations. If one station's signal is received consistently better at various
RBNs, adjusting for what the model predicts, that is a strong indication
that they may not actually be running low/QRP power.
It is a strong deterrent to claiming low/QRP power when QRO.
73, Ken, K6LA / VY2TT
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