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Re: [CQ-Contest] Assisted or not assisted question

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Assisted or not assisted question
From: "Collins, Graham" <CollinG@navcanada.ca>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 07:44:28 -0400
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Hmmmm, interesting comments.

My brain is a CW decoder. I guess I will have to start using a narrower CW 
filter and stop listening to signals that fall in or near my receivers passband 
band other than the one I am trying work otherwise my CW decoder will be 

Rules are difficult things to write - too specific and they leave the door open 
for creative work arounds (i.e. too exclusive); too general and they leave the 
door open for creative work arounds (i.e. too inclusive). 

Getting the wording and the intent of any rule to line up is difficult at the 
best of times. It is not easy getting it just right.

Cheers, Graham ve3gtc

-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com 
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com] On Behalf Of Dick Green WC1M
Sent: June 3, 2012 17:50
To: 'Jorge Diez - CX6VM'; cq-contest@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Assisted or not assisted question

If the CW decoder is used only on the frequency to which your radio is
tuned, it's legal for the Single Op (unassisted) category in ARRL contests.
If it's part of a multi-channel decoder that provides "spotting
information", like CW Skimmer, it puts you in the Unlimited class.

There were two problems with completely outlawing CW decoders. One, they had
been permitted for a long time, and there's generally a reluctance to take
away something that has been permitted. Second, RTTY and other digital modes
require a single-channel decoder, and it would have required some special
language to outlaw one kind of decoder but allow other kinds of decoders.
This is yet another reason that we chose to focus on the information
provided by the technology, not the technology itself.

73, Dick WC1M

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