[na-user] Remote access
Wed, 28 May 1997 09:46:11 -0400
Peter, PB0AIU asked whether there was a way to remotely access the log
of another station (perhaps a multi) to check the log for mults, talk
to the ops, etc.
There is no capability to do this in NA. A number of years ago, K5ZD
and I talked about such capability, but we decided it was of marginal
Also, it is my belief that this violates the definition of a "station"
with regards to multi-ops and the geographic circle it must fit
within. If you're ten miles away, and you can peer into another
station's log, interact with the ops, etc., are you not part of that
station? If this is the case, are you not violating the circle rule?
Somewhat related to this are comments by Bob Cox, K3EST, head of the
CQWW Contest, made at the Contest Forum at the 1997 Dayton Hamvention.
Bob stated that packet was only allowed to be used "passively" - you
could put out spots and receive spots, but no active interaction was
allowed beyond sending and receiving spots. You could not ask ("Hey,
what heading are you beaming for that BV2?") nor ask ("I still need
zone 40 on this band - let me know if you hear TF3YH") for
information. I'm not sure that the contest community as a whole
agrees with these strict interpretations - I think its pretty common
for folks to swap info via packet, particularly in multis. However,
to get back to Peter's question, I doubt that CQ would approve of one
station interacting with another's log.
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