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Subject: [CQ-Contest] K4VV/Remote Operation
From: jpescatore--- via CQ-Contest <cq-contest@contesting.com>
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Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:01:36 -0500
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As the callsign donor and one of the operators of K3TN @K4VVV mutli operation, 
I figured I had to weigh in - even though I stayed out of the Top Band forum 
discussion someone else mentioned.

There have been remote contest operations for a long time time now - it really 
isn't anything new. Using the Internet as a long keying line/mic/headphone 
connection appears to be an accepted
and valid mode of operation as defined by the contest sponsors. That's pretty 
much all that matters, since they define the rules - if it appeared to be 
against the ARRL contest rules I wouldn't have participated in this, let alone 
used my call and then checked the "Remote Operation" box on 3830scores.com.... 

Jack K4VV has health issues and very much wanted his excellent station to 
continued to be used. Mike W0YR got the remote capability going (see his 2013 
NCJ write-up) as a way of getting more casual contesters to use the station and 
do more contesting. If  you look at the operator list for the operation at K4VV 
in ARRL DX CW  you'll see that trend continuing. There is a large portion of 
the ham population moving into places where they will never have a competitive 
antenna up in the air - or in many cases any antenna at all.

There definitely are disadvantages. For the Feb 2014 CW Sprint, i drove down to 
the station and made 314  QSOs and I think I left at least a dozen more on the 
table. For the Feb 2015 CW Sprint, I operated K4VV remotely and working much 
harder only got to 290. The mechanics of the Sprints stress everything and the 
Internet delay in tuning and responding is a factor, even when everything works 
great. For a multi-op, having two people per band sitting next to each other 
generates both a lot of valuable camaraderie (and training of the secnd chair 
op) and higher Q/Mult totals that is really possible in a remote operation. 

For a multi-op there certainly are advantages - it is a 65 mile drive to K4VV 
from my house. The ARRL DX CW weekend weather would have meant I would not have 
gotten there. One of the hardest jobs multi-op station owners have is getting 
operators to fill the 12 chairs - having remote capabilities definitely changes 
the calculus there. But, the K4VV station is really being used as an 
opportunity to get more people contesting vs. any real worry about final score.

So, for me the bottom line is the contest sponsors define the rules and I like 
to believe the vast majority of contesters obey the rules. When a practice 
comes along that changes the game, the sponsors get to decide whether to accept 
it, ban it, create new categories, etc - and we operate next year under the new 
rules. In between, we have sporadic email storms...

73 John K3TN

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