[CQ-Contest] Skimmer for S/O in IARU

K0HB k-zero-hb at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 2 11:55:10 EDT 2008

The camels nose (more like an elephants nose) is now in our tent.  This is
not league contest and the rules should not be subject to BoD or any other
ARRL policy branch like CAC.  

I'm disappointed that K1ZZ took the political stance rather than using the
influence of his leadership position in IARU to establish a precedent
baring Skimmer in S/O operation.  

73, de Hans, K0HB
Just a boy and his radio
 ><{{{{*>    http://www.home.earthlink.net/~k0hb   

> [Original Message]
> From: Jim George <n3bb at mindspring.com>
> To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Date: 6/2/2008 3:19:13 PM
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Skimmer for S/O in IARU
> The current headline from Radio-Sport.net indicated the Skimmer will be 
> allowed in the IARU by S/O competitors. Assuming that is correct, that is
> total game-changer. The WPX was not a contest where packet was going to 
> make a huge difference over a good SO2R station and operator. But the
> is different, with access to more multipliers and even simple QSOs making
> significant difference compared with "normal" SO2R. Personally, I am very 
> disappointed in the ARRL for allowing this. It's clear to me that at the 
> very least, Skimmer would place the user in the Assisted class. And
> at the time when this IARU is important for WRTC qualifying points, it 
> could be a difference maker.
> I will compete, and will not boycott it, although I disagree with the 
> League's position.
> Jim George N3BB
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