I don't have a dog in this fight. I don't operate remote and I don't rent
my station out for remote ops.
I spent big bucks and lots of time building my station(s). If someone
else wants to spend $30/hr to remotely operate a station, who cares? Maybe
the guy lives in an apartment or condo with no antenna. As long as he
properly IDs and operates in good practice I have no problem.
If he wants to blow $1440 to remotely operate a contest for 48 hours, is
that really a lot different than someone flying to Aruba or KP2 spending
money on airfare and renting a station in person?
I chose to spend $$ on my station to gain an advantage in contests, the
remote op chooses to do it differently. The guy who flies to a semi-rare
location for a contest does it differently too. Which is unfair? None.
Our hobby is changing and always has been. Those of us old farts remember
when SSB was relegated to the top of the phone band. Remember when
computer logging started? Shrieks and howls. Remember when super check
started? Shrieks and howls. SO2R? Shieks and howls. All of them brought
controversy and changes to contesting. And guess what, the sky didn't
fall and contesting is alive and well. Remote operating may not be my or
your cup of tea. However, like it or not, it is here to stay...just like
computer logging, SO2R and SCP.
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