[CQ-Contest] Convergence and Change

George georgek5kg at aol.com
Thu May 26 13:59:18 EDT 2016

I must admin that I never thought about running a skimmer at my own 
QTH.  If I did, that would seem like I would be ASSISTED!

I bet this starts up this discussion all over again, just when I thought 
it was dying out.

73, George, K5KG

On 5/26/2016 11:38 AM, Yuri Blanarovich wrote:
> Why is it so hard to accept and use sensible definitions of SO and SOA?
> SO - Single Operator - station operated by single, one, operator 
> without "ASSISTANCE" by SOMEONE ELSE via any means - be in the shack, 
> over internet, phone, ESP, whatever....
> That means NOT someone/something else outside of own shack 
> is gathering info on call, frequency, etc. and communicating to Single 
> Operator. Technology in one's own shack is OK, own Skimmer at the QTH 
> is OK. Remote, outside of own QTH "suppliers of call/freq", persons or 
> gadgets are assistance by someone else - NOT OK!
> SAO - Single Operator Assisted - station operated by single, one, 
> operator with ASSISTANCE by Someone/Something Else outside of own 
> shack, via any means, providing Call/Frequency info.
> Normal people, SO, would do hunting on their own, with own rifle, find 
> the bear and "nail" him. Feels good!
> "Assisted" people SAO would have army of hunters, finding the bear, 
> kill him and then yell: "come, here is the bear, kill him!" Click, 
> gotcha!
> But Hams have a problem figuring what the ASSISTANCE is. Huge 
> discussions about - is the pencil, keyer, computer, etc. assistant?
> Personally, I would like to see the "assistance" by Internet go away 
> or be restricted to use. Just like DXing was ruined by nets, list, 
> contesting is being poisoned by Internet spoon feeding Call/Freq. 
> Instead of preserving pure hunting aspect, we get crazy pileups, 
> frequency hogging, unsportsman like behavior, hunting dead bears.
> Don't get me started on "rentastations" - hey, its me, in someone 
> else's skin!
> Have fun, whatever is left of it!
> 73 Yuri, K3BU.us
> www.MVmanor.com
> da place for conventions, weddings, concerts,...
>  On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 10:27 PM, Jack Haverty wrote:
>> So, I'd like to see a split of assisted versus unassisted based on 
>> those observations, with the following basic definitions:
>> Unassisted - a station using technology, of any kind, to communicate 
>> using only ham radio waves.  All communication across the station 
>> boundary (building, 100-meter circle, whatever) must be performed 
>> using ham radio.  Within the station boundary, other forms of 
>> communication may be used.
>> Assisted - a station using technology, of any kind, to communicate 
>> not only using radio waves, but also using other forms of 
>> communications across the station boundary for whatever purpose the 
>> operator wishes. All contact exchanges (whatever that means) must 
>> however be accomplished only by ham radio communications.
>> In other words, Unassisted means you use only ham radio; assisted 
>> means you may use other forms of communications as well.
>> 73,
>> /Jack de K3FIV
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George Wagner, K5KG
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