[CQ-Contest] The Skimmer Rule Challenge

VR2BrettGraham vr2bg at harts.org.hk
Mon Jun 16 21:29:16 EDT 2008

WC1M answered KB7G questioning which current contest/rule
he said did not prohibit SOs from skimming:

>I'm referring to the ARRL rules for HF Contesting. The relevant rule is:
>"2.1.1.Use of spotting assistance or nets (operating arrangements involving
>other individuals, DX-alerting nets, packet, Internet, etc) is not
>The way this rule is worded, use of local Skimmer is allowed. The phrase in
>parenthesis defines the terms "spotting assistance or nets", and it doesn't
>include anything like local Skimmer. It appears that "arrangements involving
>other individuals" is the part of the phrase that defines "assistance" and
>the rest defines "nets". It looks an awful lot like the rule defines
>assistance as coming from other individuals. I don't think one can rely on
>the first few words, "Use of spotting assistance" alone to definitively say
>the rule prohibits local Skimmer. This would most likely result in some
>people claiming that it's not assistance if it doesn't come from another op.
>We shouldn't have that kind of ambiguity in the rules.

Ah ha, I get it:

"Use of A or B (followed by a list things) is not permitted"

Does not mean:

"Use of A or use of B (followed by a list of things) is not

It means:

"Use of A [now refer to just first item in list following B] or
B (followed by a list of things) is not permitted"

If the only difference between SO & SOA is that the latter
does not necessarily have to find the stations to work all
by himself, then the current rule that says that using
spotting assistance or using an opened ended list of certain
means of obtaining that spotting assistance by SOs seems
to cover it.

The way it has been written may be rather naff, but hitting
on spotting assistance as well as the ways of getting this
spotting assistance, the ARRL rule is trying to make it very
clear that spotting assistance for SOs isn't on.

But now I know better.  Thank you for enlightening me.

73, VR2/KBrett7Graham/p.

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