[CQ-Contest] WRTC Spot/Log Correlation

Kelly Taylor ve4xt at mts.net
Tue Sep 5 22:22:31 EDT 2006

K4BEV hilariously postulated:

> But come on Kostas - Calling the SOA guys morons or even oxen is  just
> uncalled for ;-)

...and then asked....

> I really don't understand how using an Internet connection to a spotting 
> net
> is within the rules of most contests anyway (?). Don't most indicate that
> using non-amateur radio means to get contacts is illegal (or something  to 
> that
> effect)?   -- And usually calls for  disqualification! --  How does using 
> the
> Internet get one  around this rule????  Use a Wireless Modem?

The rules for non-amateur means of communication refer to soliciting 
contacts, in other words, IMing, telephoning, e-mailing or carrier-pigeoning 
your friend to ask him to work you. There is no prohibition on non-amateur 
means of communication for purposes that don't directly lead to the 
solicitation of QSOs. So you can order pizza by phone, check solar flux 
information on-line, file your scores real-time to a scoreboard or 
channel-surf through the Sunday afternoon football games safe in the 
knowledge you're not violating any rules.

An internet cluster merely shows you where they are: it is not a form of 
solicitation on your part for contacts (nor on the part of the spotted, 
either, since they don't (or shouldn't, according to many contest rules) 
spot themselves).

It is within the rules because spotting nets are permitted and because no 
restriction is placed on how spotting nets can or must operate.

I think a purist could argue (and I don't intend to cast aspersions on radio 
puritanism, Hans) that an internet-based spotting net is outside the SPIRIT 
of a radio contest. But an argument it is outside the RULES is tenuous for 
most contests.

73, kelly

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