On Wed,2/25/2015 8:09 PM, Paul O'Kane wrote:
It seems to me that the K4VV station was, in effect, a
private repeater, with access restricted to team members.
How in the world do you come up with that? It's simply a multi-multi
contest station, like hundreds of others around the world, but with the
operators NOT in the same room. No different from K3LR, W3LPL, N6RO, and
so on. Guys fly in from all over the world to operate at K3LR. Lots of
time and bucks spent on travel. For this K4VV operation, everyone stayed
home and operated the K4VV station's transmitters via remote control.
K3LR, W3LPL, N6RO, and other station owners get to chose their guest ops
-- indeed, FCC Rules make them responsible for their stations.
There are some aspects of remote ham radio operation to get upset about,
like guys on the west coast renting east coast stations to work EU and
AF DXCC credits that are quite difficult from their home QTHs, and guys
on the east coast renting west coast stations for the same advantage
But the K4VV operation is NOT like that. It's a very legitimate
multi-multi. And as someone on another reflector with considerable
experience operating his own remote station via the internetnoted, those
guys are working with the significant disadvantage of the latency of the
internet connection. I've not done it myself yet, but he described it as
often making CW quite difficult.
73, Jim K9YC
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