[CQ-Contest] A VE operating a US stn remotely?

Mike Smith VE9AA ve9aa at nbnet.nb.ca
Mon Aug 1 17:39:38 EDT 2022

GE John, 

There are any number of reasons why I might like to operate "from" W9.
In ARRLDX,CQWW, RDXC, WAG or WAE, a W9 QTH might not be my first choice but
I love the popular NA contests too.
I do relatively poorly with my small stn being so far NE in domestic tests
and I'd love to see how I'd stack up against others in the center of the
continent in the NA Sprint, NAQP, SS, FQP, CaQP, NCCC Sprint, etc
For me here...sheer distance, losing highbands sooner, etc all plays a part.
Operator skill does too of course.
 Although certainly not as extreme for me, every time I read a KH6 or KL7
comment about prop/distance in an NA contest, I can certainly relate. 

Just wanted to try it - that's all.

Tnx Guys

Mike VE9AA "NB"

I am not sure why a New Brunswick station would want to operate from the W9
black hole but perhaps the following ARRL article will answer your question:


The FCC rules are
rather permissive: the control operator must be able to ensure
the immediate proper operation of the station, but the control
point can be anywhere. For operation across international borders, both the
operator and the station must be licensed by the
administration where the transmitter is located. CEPT
Recommendation T/R 61-01 does not apply: if, for example, a
European amateur wants to operate a remote station that's
located in the United States, he or she must have an FCC

John KK9A/4

Mike, Coreen & Corey
Keswick Ridge, NB

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Smith VE9AA [mailto:ve9aa at nbnet.nb.ca] 
Sent: August 1, 2022 11:58 AM
To: 'cq-contest at contesting.com'
Subject: A VE operating a US stn remotely?

If I am a single op (or maybe even part of a multi-op) and the owner/control
op is at their property, am I legally allowed to operate it, remotely over
the internet?

Let's say the station is in W9 and I am in NB, Canada.  I have no US ham

If this is allowed, and I'm single op can I use their home callsign? ie:
W9XXXX or would it have to be VE9AA/W9
(I presume if this is allowed and I am part of a multiop, we'd just use the
W9XXXX call.


Mike VE9AA

Mike, Coreen & Corey
Keswick Ridge, NB

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