The contest in question (CQ WPX) has the following rules governing remote
IV. Terms of Competition for All Categories:
(f) All operation must take place from one operating site. Transmitters and
receivers must be located within a 500-meter diameter circle or within the
property limits of the station licensee, whichever is greater. All antennas
must be physically connected by wires to the transmitters and receivers used
by the entrant.
(g) The entry location of a remote station is determined by the physical
location of the transmitters, receivers, and antennas. A remote station must
obey all station and category limitations.
These two rules together pretty much cover it. Your station has to all be in
one place. The op can be far away as long as the station (transmitter,
receiver, antennas) are all in one place.
I think it is pretty amazing that someone was able to make 4000+ QSOs from a
remote station! I would rather have that activity on the band than the guy
not making any QSOs at all.
Randy Thompson, K5ZD
Director - CQ WPX Contest
> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:55 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Remote Control in Contests
> 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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