[CQ-Contest] Aniother rules/remote RX issue

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Wed May 30 17:52:43 PDT 2012

Sorry I'm late to the party.

Pete, if I'm not mistaken, the contest rules require that all of the
station's equipment must be within a finite area, right?

If that is correct, then a remote receiver outside of that finite area would
by definition be out of bounds.

Therefore, the answer to the question is self-evident:  No, you can't use a
remote receiver on another continent to check your run frequency, because
you are using equipment outside of the area as defined by the rules.  

I think what's truly important here is that your friend is seeking a narrow
definition that may be within the technical restrictions or strictest legal
definition of the rules, but is actually outside the intention of the rules.

And IMHO, it would appear that when you told him, in effect, "sorry, can't
do it" he remained unpersuaded because you told him what was correct, not
what he wanted to hear.

Now personally, I don't try to play lawyer and try to figure out the
strictest possible interpretation of the rules to be in my favor.  That's
what I have Mike K3AIR for!

73, ron w3wn

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Pete Smith N4ZR"<n4zr at contesting.com>
> To: "reflector cq-contest"<CQ-Contest at Contesting.COM>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 11:35 AM
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Aniother rules/remote RX issue
>> I was at a multi-multi this weekend, and one of the ops asked this
>> question:
>> I know that I can't use a remote receiver, even from a multi-multi, for
>> example to catch weak Europeans on 160,  But what about using one to
>> check and see if your run frequency is clear in your target area?  Is
>> that against the rules?
>> I thought this was a pretty easy "yes" but the other guy seemed
>> unpersuaded, so I thought I'd crowd-source the answer.
>> 73, Pete N4ZR

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