[CQ-Contest] Single ops and Internet

Gert Meinen pa3aav at hetnet.nl
Tue Feb 27 17:57:47 EST 2001

Randy, My interpretation of  ARRL rule 2.1.1 would be that it is prohibited
to use Internet for dx-clusters. Not for any other information you can get
there like propagation info etc. That kind of information would only
indirectly help you to improve your score. It would be different if you
checked the P5 web-page  where all the frequencies  off all the currently
active P5's is displayed... Maybe ARRL could clarify this rule, just ask
them.........By the way, its fun to find a new mult yourself .  Why would
anyone deny himself that fun.....by jumping to a busted-call-packet-mult?
Gert, PA3AAV.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Randy Thompson, K5ZD" <k5zd at ma.ultranet.com>
To: "Contest Reflector" <CQ-Contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2001 1:41 PM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Single ops and Internet

 > As a refresher, here are the rules for the single operator category in the
 > two major DX contests:
 > ARRL rules just say this:
 > 2.1. Single Operator: One person performs all transmitting, receiving,
 > spotting, and logging functions as well as equipment and antenna
 > adjustments.
 > 2.1.1. Use of spotting assistance or nets (operating arrangements
 > other individuals, DX-alerting nets, packet, Internet, etc) is not
 > permitted.
 > The CQ version is this:
 > 1. Single Operator High: Those stations at which one person performs all
 > the operating, logging, and spotting functions. The use of DX alerting
 > assistance of any kind places the station in the Single Operator Assisted
 > category.
 > ===
 > Both specifically prohibit Internet although there is some room for
 > interpretation.  I am interested in the opinions of the contest community
 > because I may have been hurting myself with my interpretation of this.
 > To me, if you are single op, then you only use ham radio to improve your
 > score during the contest period.  If you want to listen to WWV, then you
 > there at 18 minutes after the hour.
 > Obviously technology is a big part of our sport.  Computer tools within
 > shack such as Geoclock or super check partial have achieved de facto
 > acceptance.  I guess I am wondering if Internet-based tools now fall into
 > the same category?
 > If so, the day of pure competition by operators based on skill and
 > has been diminished.
 > Randy, K5ZD
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