I agree that if the ARRL considers this multi-op (despite the fact that
it appears that Herb did not provide the specific types of assistance
listed in the rules as impermissible for a single-op entry) then the log
should be reclassified. If the ARRL wishes to uphold the DQ, at the
least they should waive the requirement that he is also DQed from next
On 6/23/2012 12:01 PM, Dick Green WC1M wrote:
> I think it's somewhat silly and a bit of a stretch to call the presence of
> the control operator "assistance". That person isn't doing anything, other
> than lending the contest operator use of his/her license. That person is
> also lending the contest operator use of his/her station, QTH, food,
> bathroom, etc. Why is that different? In no case is the control operator
> actually doing anything that affects the competition. He/she is not
> operating, providing spots, fixing broken equipment, etc. (I'm sure the
> prohibition against that last item has been violated countless times.)
> Oh, you say operating in the Extra Class sub-band is a competitive
> advantage? Yeah, so is a 4-stack on 20m. But the latter can be "loaned" to
> the contest operator, while the former cannot.
> That said, the "angels dancing on the head of pin" interpretation being used
> is that the control operator must be physically present by FCC rule. That's
> true. So, since another body has to be in the room, it's automatically
> multi-op. While I disagree with that strict interpretation, and think the
> impact on the competition is the better way to look at this, I believe HQ is
> within its rights to interpret the rule as it has.
> However, I do not think the log should be DQed. It should be reclassified as
> multi-op. The op didn't try to cheat. He made an innocent mistake.
> The real issue here is the vague wording of the rules. If the action is
> against the rules, and will result in DQ or reclassification, then the rules
> should explicitly say so.
> 73, Dick WC1M
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: W0MU Mike Fatchett [mailto:email@example.com]
>> Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2012 1:40 AM
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] KP2MM Disqualified in ARRL CW 2012
>> I think Yuri understands. I had a couple of off list emails with him.
>> He is going to shoot for his Extra so this is not an issue again.
>> I can understand his pain. He put in the effort and he is probably not
>> the 1st nor the last that will do this.
>> If Herb was there the entire contest or the periods where Yuri was
>> operating outside his class, we will never know this then why not make
>> it a Multi OP log.
>> Yuri sometimes the best lessons are the hardest ones.
>> Get that extra and get back in the contest. Don't let this discourage
>> Mike W0MU
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