xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Tue Jul 1 12:40:34 EDT 2008
The first statement isn't even remotely true. If it were, the
organizers of a bicycle race held on city streets would be required to
allow legless individuals to compete on mopeds. I'm confident that you
cannot find, either from the ADA website or any other ruling you can
find, a case where the ADA has been applied for any similar activity as
you claim it should be for CW in an amateur radio event.
Regarding your second statement, that may or may not be true. The fact
is that the contest sponsors can make any changes they want to, either
in rules or category definitions, in order to adjust to evolving
technologies. More to the point is that you've tried to create a red
herring by equating CW Skimmer with simple CW decoders, and to quote the
recent ruling in Parhat v Gates
(http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/30/court.poem/index.html ), saying
it three times (or more) doesn't make it true.
Joe Subich, W4TV wrote (in separate postings):
1. ADA applies to all activities conducted on/in public facilities and
all facilities open to the public. The amateur spectrum is certainly
a "public facility."
2. The rules as currently written do not require a specific method
of detection. To change them after more than 10 years in which
CW decoding has been used and now that a non-trivial number of
participants use decoders would be a travesty.
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