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Re: [CQ-Contest] Remote Control in Contests

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Remote Control in Contests
From: Paul O'Kane <pokane@ei5di.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:55:14 +0100
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On 11/04/2012 16:45, Radio K0HB wrote:

> As long as the station transmitters and receivers and antennae are all
> contained on the same premise (as specified by the sponsor), who cares
> how long the mic and speaker cables are?

Hans has provided an excellent example of a leading question.

Not to worry. The length of the mic and speaker cables
is irrelevant, once it exceeds the usual limit (1km
diameter) for contest stations.  Remote control is not
the same as having long control and signal cables -
that's why it's called remote control.

Secondly, to answer the leading question directly, the
RSGB, organiser of the IOTA Contest, cares.  I quote

   All equipment (transmitters, receivers and antennas)
   PLUS ALL OPERATORS (my caps) must be located within
   a 1km diameter circle or within the property limits
   of the station licensee’s address, whichever is the


The phrase "plus all operators" was added a few years
ago to prevent abuse of the rules and the spirit of
the IOTA contest by remote-controlled entrants.  Other
contests will surely follow.

Paul EI5DI

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