[CQ-Contest] IARU Contest Rulrs.

brian coyne g4odv at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Jul 9 14:12:59 PDT 2012

Here is the rule dealing with 'Assistance'.....
.....    4.1.3. Use of spotting nets, packet, or multi-channel decoders (such as CW Skimmer) is not permitted. Single-operator stations that use spotting nets, packet or multi-channel decoders will be reclassified to the Multi-operator, Single Transmitter category. 
For the sake of clarity, as 'RBN' is not specihically mentioned, can it be confirmed that use of RBN is assistance and that it's use places ops in the Multi op category,
Rule 6.4 does mention use of the internet.....
     6.4. The use of non-amateur radio means of communications (e.g. telephone or the Internet) for the purpose of soliciting a contact (or contacts) during the contest period is inconsistent with the spirit and intent of these rules. 
It does seem to me though that because Skimmer is mentioned many guys take the view that if  an  'aid' is not mentioned as excluded then it is ok.
73  Brian 5B4AIZ /C4Z.

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