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

To: "Paul O'Kane" <pokane@ei5di.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] RDXC updated FAQ - Remote operation
From: Mats Strandberg <sm6lrr@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:18:16 +0300
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Hello all and thanks for different opinions!

As we can see from the replies, obviously the question needs to be further
clarified by RDXC Committee :)

And to you Paul...

The topic was written with the purpose to get the issue clear and does not
necessarily reflect my own opinions of what I would like to consider real
contesting ;) The arguments shown in my words actually reflects what others
have said to me when I had my doubts about remote contesting operation...

Next ARRL CW (when we have minus 30 C or colder), I truly invite you to
Moscow for some REAL Russian Extreme contesting in my summer house :)  We
will take all measures to at least raise the INSIDE temperature in that
place to minus 5 by the end of the contest.

Please make sure to bring a few drops of Irish special beverages so we will
survive ;)  Bring some nice warm gloves with open finger tips for the use of
my old-fashioned Bencher - You will need it, believe me!

Irony is a part of the Swedish tradition, so sorry for making you think I am
a weak viking in Russia not ready to endure a bit of pain for contesting ;)
I often do that wintertime as you can now understand.

Remote is not my cup of tea, but I know many persons who do like to explore
this way of operation, and as CQWW apparently even agrees for this type of
operation from another country (correct me if I am wrong), then I think RDXC
must be more clear in the English formulations...

So next time Paul, relax a bit and dont take any opinion on the reflector as
a private offence to your and others opinions ;)  Contesting is fun, but not
a struggle of life and death, is it?

73 de R3/SM6LRR, Mats

2011/2/26 Paul O'Kane <pokane@ei5di.com>

> 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.
> 73,
> Paul EI5DI
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