[CQ-Contest] Remote Base

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mts.net
Sun Aug 21 23:53:11 EDT 2005

We're starting to see bogeymen around every corner again...

Most contests specify that all transmitters and receivers must be contained
within some geography, usually 500 meters or 1,000 feet. The rules generally
are silent on the control mechanism.

So while it would be possible, and more power to the station who pulls it
off, to have a VE4 located in Manitoba operating as a 'virtual' KP4, as in
my tongue-in-cheek example (and I see some people did go for the bait), only
ONE such remote receiving and transmitting station is permissable. Having
receivers in KP4, W1 and G3 have ALWAYS been against the rules in most
contests. But the rules have never said the operator must be physically
located at the transmitting/receiving site.

You could not set up multiple receivers, no matter how they are connected,
and still be within the rules if they were more than 500 meters apart (or
1,000 feet).

It's always been that way. Internet and remote stations or not. We can all
stop worrying again. The rules talk about transmitters and receivers. They
do not talk about the length of mic cords, speaker cables or the line
connecting the digital encoder with the PLL board.

73, kelly

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dale Putnam" <daleputnam at hotmail.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2005 7:28 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Remote Base

> It seems to me that this is very neatly addressed in the FCC rules.
> location is where the rf will be or is being radiated from, not from where
> the studio or mic or control location might be located. That is usually
> referred to as the control point, and sometimes is the mailing address.
> On this point, the FCC has not wavered.
>   If the amateur contests desire to change reporting for some other
> I wonder how it would be if an operator were to set up remote stations,
> in each population center in the world, or country, then control them from
> say... Idaho... or the North Pole, and claim that location as the
> location??? Leaves one to question. And, the only thing stopping it would
> the expenditure, but we all know that isn't much of a slow down, or
> is it?
>   C U in the next Test....
> --...   ...--
> Dale - WC7S qrp in WY
> >From: Bruce Horn <bhorn at hornucopia.com>
> >To: "N7MAL" <N7MAL at CITLINK.NET>, <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> >Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Remote Base
> >Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2005 09:26:08 -0700
> >
> >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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