I may be a relative newbie in the contesting world, but I can't see
how we can effectively ban cluster/packet/RBN use, nor do I think it
will have much of an effect in making contests more fair or
Remember that not everyone who works a contester sends in a log. Some
people may just "hand out points" or work a few contesters because
they want to play radio or maybe work a new one...and not even send in
So in other words, regardless of what the rules say, use of assistance
technologies is not going to stop, or probably even slow down.
That said, I am ALL in favor of keeping assisted and unassisted
categories separate for single op. In other words, the current status
quo is just fine for me.
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