[CQ-Contest] Minority Report: FT4 - Robotic Contesting

Michael Clarson wv2zow at gmail.com
Sun May 5 16:41:17 EDT 2019

Hello, John. Not sure where you are going with your statement. These are
the "Plain English" rules and the FCC does not specifically define
communication, except for the items outlined in 97.111 thru 97.117. If you
are suggesting that contest QSOs do not require compliance with 97.119 as I
have interpreted it, please add the logic to the (it looks like "my")
discussion. --73, Mike, WV2ZOW

FYI: After many years in the land mobile industry doing licensing, I have
learned NEVER to ask the FCC to explain a rule. IF one wanted an FCC
opinion, tell them what you think, and if you interpreted the rule

On Fri, May 3, 2019 at 9:03 PM <john at kk9a.com> wrote:

> You need to show the FCC's definition of "communication" before you
> can make that statement.
> John KK9A
> Michael Clarson wv2zow wrote
> An interesting thought. FT# modes produce QSOs that comply with FCC Rule
> 97.119 a. while typical CW or SSB QSOs do not.Quoted below.
> *§97.119   Station identification.*
> (a) Each amateur station, except a space station or telecommand station,
> must transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end
> of each communication, and at least every 10 minutes during a
> communication, for the purpose of clearly making the source of the
> transmissions from the station known to those receiving the transmissions.
> No station may transmit unidentified communications or signals, or transmit
> as the station call sign, any call sign not authorized to the station.
> On CW, a run station, if he considers the communication the CQ, and he IDs
> at least every 10 minutes, he complies with 97.119 a.
> The station calling the run station typically only sends his call at the
> beginning of the communication, not at the end, therefore does NOT comply
> with 97.119 a. either to the letter or spirit of the rule.
> FT-8 does send the station call sign at the end of the communication,
> thereby complying with 97.119 a. But does it? FT8 sends a 73 after the
> call. If one likens the 73 to such finishing characters like "K". "SK"
> "QRT" "QRZ" etc. it still complies If not, then  A "/73" would  comply. See
> 97.119 c.
> One last comment --unlike CW and SSB, in  RTTY contests sending one's call
> at the end of a communication is pretty common practice. --Mike, WV2ZOW
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