I am glad you are not the Czar of radio contesting.....
On 2/28/2011 2:54 AM, Paul O'Kane wrote:
> Sun Feb 27 08:34:57 PST 2011
> kzerohb at gmail.com wrote
> > If a 'non-amateur' communications link is 'cheating' then
> > the length of that link is immaterial, isn't it?
> > Paul, in a direct email, makes an apparent exception to his
> > rule by conceding that "anything goes in the 500-metre
> > circle at each end of the QSO". Translation: "It's not
> > cheating if it is on your own property."
> > I'm interested in knowing the rationale for this logical
> > disconnect in his rule.
> Hans has taken the liberty of publicly quoting and
> commenting on what I said to him in a personal email.
> Regardless, here is my rationale.
> In any competitive sporting event there are starting
> and ending entities for the event. These entities may
> be times, locations, or both.
> In general - and there are exceptions which I'm happy
> to deal with in however much detail is required - what
> happens outside these times or locations is of no
> For example, when climbing a mountain you don't have
> to do it from sea level. In practice, you do it from
> a recognised starting point, such as the nearest road
> or, for very high mountains, from base camp. How you
> get to the starting point is your own business. In a
> sailboat race, you can use any form of transport, or
> propulsion, to get to the starting point - it's only
> cheating when those are used during the race.
> In contests there are starting and ending times, and
> for each QSO there are starting and ending points. The
> current dispute is over the location, and extent, of
> these points.
> Contesting QSOs take place between people, just as
> ordinary conversations take place between people, and
> telephone conversations take place between people.
> With ordinary conversations, between people, the
> instruments of communication are integrated, our
> mouths and ears, and the medium is sound waves.
> With telephone conversations, between people, the
> instruments of communication are the handsets, and
> the medium is the PSTN or the cell phone network.
> With contesting QSOs, between people, the instruments
> of communications are the stations and the medium is
> amateur-band RF.
> Stations occupy a finite space, recognised by contest
> organisers, hence the 500-metre rule. Apart from
> certain contest-specific rules related to entry
> categories, no control is sought or expected on the
> extent or source of radios, computers, networks
> (whether wired or wireless), antennas and accessories
> associated with the station. The starting point, for
> the necessary amateur-band RF, is the station boundary.
> Hans misquoted me as implying "It's not cheating if
> it is on your own property". I prefer "Any
> communications modes or technologies are allowed
> within the boundary of the station".
> Paul EI5DI
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