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Re: [CQ-Contest] KP2MM Disqualified in ARRL CW 2012

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] KP2MM Disqualified in ARRL CW 2012
From: VR2BrettGraham <vr2bg@harts.org.hk>
Reply-to: vr2bg@harts.org.hk
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2012 02:04:43 +0000
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N2TTA asked:

> My?question?why i was?disqualified?if i operate?under?Extra class 
> privileges and control operator was there all of the time. And WHY i 
> should be in MO entry if control operator did not help me. ( Some 
> times wife brings you coffee and you go to MO entry?)
> I?don't?feel like i broke FCC or ARRL rules.
> I was operate in many contest and never got this before, but now when 
> i clam high score?Unassisted?is?happening.?Of course, the easiest way 
> to pass the Extra class exam, but I wonder if I violated any rule or, 
> or not?
> Need your opinion

Unless things have changed in K since I left, someone with a lower class 
operator's licence cannot operate a station other than within the limits 
of their operator's licence.

If the station is used beyond the limits of the operator's licence, then 
you are no different than a person without an operator's licence & the 
station must be under control of a control operator, who must have an 
operator's licence that permits how/where/etc the station is being 
operated.  This also makes this lower operator's licence class person a 
third party (from KP2 in ARRL DX, that is not an issue - but it would in 
other events).

That is not an opinion - it is how things had to be done about a quarter 
century ago before I emigrated from K.  If things are still the same 
today, then N2TTA's operation of KP2MM did not conform with regulatory 
requirements of K & therefore the DQ.  Very simple.

When there is a control operator involved - even if that person has 
nothing to do with actual operating (finding, working & logging Qs) - 
because without the control operator being present & exercising control 
over the station that regulations require, that station could not be 
legally operated - hence in most events, the rules place this into a 
multi-operator category.

Now for an opinion: only higher scoring entries receive scrutiny & 
enforcement in radiosport.  The vast majority do not.  If, as I suspect, 
the I-did-this-before-&-it-was-accepted-because-I-was-not-DQed rationale 
expressed by N2TTA is also subscribed to by the masses, when their 
entries breach that threshold, only then will they find out what they 
may have been doing is wrong.  Long term, these are the people who will 
replace participants at the top today who understand how to play the 
game - or on a local or regional scale become the upper level 
participants & in time, will drag things around them down to their 
level.  Preventing this inevitable downward spiral is understandably a 
challenge, given what would be required to make sure the rules are 
equally applied to all.

73, ex-VR2BG/p.

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