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Re: [CQ-Contest] RDXC updated FAQ - Remote operation

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] RDXC updated FAQ - Remote operation
From: Paul O'Kane <pokane@ei5di.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 00:21:07 +0000
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On 25/02/2011 13:35, Mats Strandberg wrote:

> What makes a possible Remote Operation via the Web a "kind of cheating for
> competition" ?

It's simple.  Without the internet, you could not have
a single "QSO".  You are 100% dependent on the internet,
a commercial wired communications technology - how could
it be anything other than a kind of cheating?

> All my transmission and receiving takes place from the only QTH I can
> operate from. No web is used to have an additional reception or transmission
> point than this QTH. I just extend my microphone or keyer cables, as well as
> the earphone cable,

Then just extend your microphone, keyer and earphone
cables for 100 km, and let us know how many QSOs you
have.  Remote control is different - that's why it's
called remote control.

  100 km from my cozy heated apartment, instead of forcing
> myself to sit in sub-zero inside temperatures in my uninsulated summerhouse.

This is the "I'm special" argument - I have lots of
"problems" and cannot reasonably be expected to abide
by the rules.

> Remote operation from ONE (1) QTH, with all antennas and transmitter within
> the 500 meter maximum distance, is according to my interpretation the same
> as travelling 100 km, walking in meter-high snow, sitting in subzero
> temperatures and working the same contest...

This interpretation is flawed.  We're talking about
amateur radio contesting, and you want to use the
internet to replace RF in the signal path between you
and the other operators.   What you're proposing is
something other than amateur radio contesting.

Paul EI5DI

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