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Re: [CQ-Contest] Remote Control in Contests

To: "CQ-CONTEST" <cq-contest@contesting.com>, "Radio K0HB" <kzerohb@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Remote Control in Contests
From: "Rex Maner" <k7qq@netzero.net>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:11:38 -0000
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My mike cord is 4 ft long, The CAT cable is maybe 5 ft. Does this make all 
my contacts bad? I remote control  with a computer.

Rex K7QQ

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Radio K0HB" <kzerohb@gmail.com>
To: "Paul O'Kane" <pokane@ei5di.com>
Cc: <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 3:45 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Remote Control in Contests

> Paul,
> 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?
> *73, de Hans, K0HB/W7*
> *"Just a boy and his radio"*
> --
> Sea stories at --------> http://k0hb.wordpress.com
> Superstition trails ---> http://oldslowhans.wordpress.com
> On Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 2:22 AM, Paul O'Kane <pokane@ei5di.com> wrote:
>> In the ARRL Contest Update for April 11, 2012 we read
>>    Radio Arcala team member Toni OH2UA was at the
>>    controls of CQ8X for a serious contest operation
>>    in the Azores for WPX SSB.  That's not unusual.
>>    What was unusual is that the 4543 contacts were
>>    made over a remote link across the Internet -
>>    4500 kilometers from the actual station!  Remote
>>    operation is becoming more and more common.  Big
>>    scores like CQ8X's 15 million points show that
>>    remoting can work well!"
>> It's not surprising that remote control works well - it uses
>> the internet!  Nevertheless, it seems to me that if the only
>> way you can have a "QSO" is to first connect to the internet,
>> and stay connected, then, however you choose to describe it,
>> the contact is at best some form of hybrid communications
>> contact.  Technical and personal considerations, no matter
>> how impressive, how challenging or how deserving, cannot
>> change this fact.
>> By connecting to the internet, contesters abandon the
>> communications independence that defines amateur radio -
>> the independence that justifies our access to the bands.
>> Remote control may be great fun, a significant technical
>> challenge and a source of personal satisfaction, but none
>> of this is relevant - and especially so in the context of
>> contesting.
>> Those who claim "it's the only way I can get on the air"
>> deserve no sympathy. Those who do it to gain a competitive
>> advantage deserve derision.  Remote control serves only
>> to undermine amateur radio by putting the wires back into
>> wireless.  It doesn't just devalue your contacts, it
>> disqualifies them as amateur-radio QSOs.  If you can't
>> operate amateur radio, or be competitive, from where you
>> are, then go to where you can.
>> To those who enjoy being hybrid-communications amateurs,
>> I say go ahead and have fun with remote control, but
>> please not during contests - and don't misrepresent your
>> contacts as amateur-radio QSOs.  The way to promote
>> amateur radio, and contesting in particular, is to
>> demonstrate and celebrate its absolute independence as
>> a communications mode.
>> In tolerating remote control, contest organisers lose
>> control.
>> 73,
>> Paul EI5DI
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