[CQ-Contest] Remote Base

Richard Thorne rmthorne at cox.net
Sun Aug 21 16:47:00 EDT 2005

A new category or making remote stations qso's checklogs only is not the 
answer.  Mater of fact no answer is needed, at best I would guess a 
little clarification is needed.

I run my remote hf station out of necessity (read deed restrictions).  I 
would much rather have my station here at the house than at my office. 
Setting up a remote station is not a trivial matter and has more 
disadvantages than advantages as compared to a normal home station. 
That being said...

Current contest rules already cover remote stations.  Heres are a few 
quotes for the ARRL general contest rules:
3.7.All transmitters and receivers must be located within a 500-meter 
diameter circle, excluding antennas.

3.7.1.This prohibits the use of remote receiving installations.

3.7.2.Exceptions: remotely controlled by radio link may use necessary 
equipment at the control point. This does not include using the control 
point as another receiving location.

CQWW rules state, in a nut shell, that "Transmitters and receivers must 
be located within a 500 meter diameter circle or within the property 
limits of the station licensee's address, whichever is greater.  All 
antennas used by the entrant must be physically connected by wires to 
the transmitters and receivers used by the entrant"

Per the above it would be against the rules to use more than one remote 
location for receiving.  So in my case I could not transmitt from my 
remote location and use a receive antenna here at the house (funning 
thing is its currently ok to do this for DXCC) or some other location. 
Once you pick a remote tranmitting location you must use the same 
location for receiving.

As Korey has already mentioned using the internet, a UHF link or other 
control means is simply an extension of your mic,keyer and speaker. 
Nothing else has changed.  Current FCC rules cover remote operation as 
well as contest rules.

Now if someone wants to put the resources into a remote station on KP4, 
D4 or any where else more power to them.  A remote station requires just 
as much maintenance and interaction by the station owner as a normal 
station located at your home.  I would dare say its more work, remote 
links do break down and requires regular interaction at the remote 
location on a regular basis.

Rich - N5ZC

----- Original Message ----- 
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>; "Bruce Horn" <bhorn at hornucopia.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2005 2:54 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Remote Base

> Bruce might I suggest you think this through before you make such a 
> hasty response. I refer you to VE4XT's response where he asks a valid 
> question: Why go to a rare mult when you can do from at home. OR how 
> about some of the W6's like W6RJ who run outrageous power from a 10K 
> high mountaintop instead of having a home station? (There are at least 
> 3 of those W6 stations on the air daily).
> My, very humble, suggestion would be to only allow internet remote 
> bases to submit checklogs, at best, or have a separate category. 
> Technology is moving very rapidly right now and in the next 12 months 
> there could be several dozen of these remote stations in every 
> contest. AND to further complicate the question there are new remote 
> receivers popping up every single day. I think there are somewhere 
> around 200 now, how do they figure in the question. Wouldn't it be 
> great to have 3 receivers: one in the east coast, one in the middle, 
> and one on the west coast? The technology is already in use and I 
> suspect being used.
> Just more food for thought, or fuel on the fire.
> 73
> MAL         N7MAL
> http://www.ctaz.com/~suzyq/N7mal.htm
> http://geocities.com/n7mal/
> Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
> It's already tomorrow in Australia
>  ----- Original Message ----- 
>  From: Bruce Horn
>  To: N7MAL ; cq-contest at contesting.com
>  Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2005 16:26
>  Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Remote Base
>  At 07:02 AM 8/21/2005, N7MAL wrote:
>  >Saturday a friend of mine gave out some points in NAQP.  He was in a 
> state
>  >different from the transmitter location. He was on an internet 
> remote
>  >base. What should he have used for his state? I read and re-read the 
> rules
>  >and didn't see it defined.
>  The location of the transmitter. This will be addressed in 2006 
> revised rules.
>  73 de Bruce, WA7BNM   (bhorn at hornucopia.com)
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