[CQ-Contest] The Skimmer Rule Challenge

Stan Stockton k5go at cox.net
Sun Jun 22 09:10:32 EDT 2008

> > > The anti-skimmer forces seem to have lost site of the entire
> > > CONCEPT of "assistance."
> > 
> > No we haven't.  Read the CQWW rules which clearly state "The use of DX
> > alerting assistance of any kind places the station in the Single
> > Operator Assisted category".

K1TTT wrote:
> As literally read this places any operator that turns their dial to alert
> themselves to the presence of dx in the assisted category.  So2r operators
> are way into the assisted category since they can be alerted even on bands
> they aren't transmitting on.

Sorry, but if the operator tunes the radio and finds stations to work, he is not receiving assistance.  He is doing the job himself.. 

A more legitmate arguement than this one could be made to those who consider that spotting assistance has to come from another person, saying that if Skimmer is allowed, everyone using Skimmer is receiving assistance from those who send out a short CQ for the express purpose of spotting themselves on everyone's Skimmer screen.  

Stan, K5GO

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