Hmmm. I may have found a smoking gun that kills the argument being advanced
about the presence of the control operator. FCC Part 97 says:
(a) The station licensee is responsible for the proper operation of the
station in accordance with the FCC Rules. When the control operator is a
different amateur operator than the station licensee, both persons are
equally responsible for proper operation of the station.
So, if I do a guest Single-Op at K5ZD and use his call sign, Randy
designates me as the control op but he remains the station op. In this case,
by the rule quoted above, the FCC requires both of us to ensure proper
operation of the station. The rules don't specifically require it, but I
would think in order to do the job required by the FCC, Randy must be
present at the control point. Even if he's not required to be there all of
the time, the rule implies that he must be there at least some of the time
to ensure proper station operation.
Since Randy's presence is implicitly required in order to comply with FCC
rules, does this turn my Single-Op into a Multi-Op? If so, we really do have
30 years of widespread violations on our hands!
73, Dick WC1M
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