[CQ-Contest] No more Unassisted in ARRL VHF Contests?

brian coyne g4odv at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Nov 15 09:07:43 EST 2014

I am not an ARRL member so my comments will probably be regarded as superfluous but I shall make them anyway.

What is the rationale behind this recommendation?

1 - Everbody cheats.

2 - ARRL thinks that everybody cheats.

3 - It is really too much hassle to investigate either (a)  suspicious logs or (b) complaints 

     about certain competitors by other competitors?

Easy options may look attractive but should be resisted.

73  Brian 5B4AIZ.

 From: Paul O'Kane <pokane at ei5di.com>
To: cq-contest at contesting.com 
Sent: Saturday, 15 November 2014, 13:29
Subject: [CQ-Contest] No more Unassisted in ARRL VHF Contests?

According to the ARRL Letter of November 13, the ARRL
is recommending some changes in VHF/UHF contest rules -
recommendations that, if carried, are likely to set a
precedent for HF contesting.


The first recommendation is -

   "Removing the current prohibition on the use of amateur
   and non-amateur forms of assistance for all operator
   categories, with such use having no impact on entry

In plain language, this means that, to be competitive,
single ops will have no option but to use the internet
while contesting.

It seems to me this is about as sensible as doing away
with the distinction between sailboats and powerboats.
Sailors don't use engines in competition, otherwise
they become drivers.

ARRL members have until December 15 to comment - to
vhf-input at arrl.org 

Paul EI5DI

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