Topband: ARRL DXCC - 160 Meters - Station Location and Boundary
weeksmgr at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 21 14:36:16 EST 2018
A DXCC rule change to allow shared use of a low band RX site that is located within a specified distance of the main station makes sense to me.
My station hears OK, not top tier by any means, but we work our share when the local power lines behave. For the last month, I have had a single source S9 plus as much as 30 db power line noise. The power company has been notified, and I am waiting for them to address the problem.
I have available to me a well equipped hilltop station which is equipped for remote operation. I don’t want to do full remote, for various reasons, not the least of which is I want to work the DX from my own station. It makes no sense that I can’t within the DXCC rules log on to this station receiver to hear the DX and transmit from my own antennas. I helped build this station. The remote QTH is within 20 miles as the crow flies. Yet, I can log in and do a full remote and be in compliance with the rules.
Many of my friends work 160 but are limited by real estate or urban noise. It would be great if we could build and share a remote, local receiver site. Yes, we could do a full remote rx/tx site. A rx only site would be simpler, and none of us have any real desire to operate a remote transmitter.
This is not about RHR type remote operation. I have a very good friend who physically is unable to do any antenna work and I encouraged him to do RHR. He is, and it is working great for him. It keeps him in the DX game, when otherwise he would be QRT.
If it were not for my DX Engineering NCC-1 noise canceller, my station would be dead in the water on low bands while this noise source is active . With it, I can do fairly well on reception as long as another 2nd noise source does not pop up. This box is remarkable. It is the best accessory I ever bought for the station.
73 Chas N8RR
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From: Topband <topband-bounces at contesting.com> on behalf of Joe Subich, W4TV <lists at subich.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 2:05:48 PM
To: topband at contesting.com
Subject: Re: Topband: ARRL DXCC - 160 Meters - Station Location and Boundary
> I think a more practical "Station Location and Boundary, <b)" rule
> would be to have the RX and TX located in either "in the same grid
> square" or "within 100 KM" and of course within the same DXCC
I think 500 meters is more than enough of a "circle" to contain both
transmit and receive antennas. If one is making the effort to create
a remote site, it can certainly contain both transmit and receive
antennas. The idea of placing the transmitter *for an amateur station*
on a salt marsh on the coast and the receive antennas 10 miles distant
and well away from man made noises (to the extent possible) is ludicrous
- it reminds me of the commercial maritime stations of old.
Frankly, the DXCC rules should be changed to limit all operators to
*ONE* location a month unless the operator is physically present at
the station (as defined by the 500 meter circle) to prevent the near
simultaneous use of multiple remote transmitters/receivers in physically
large DXCC entities to "feed" a single DXCC/Challenge/Single Band DXCC
from propagation advantaged locations.
... Joe, W4TV
On 2018-11-21 12:37 PM, Lloyd - N9LB wrote:
> I'd like to see the ARRL change part <b) to address the needs of the Amateur
> Radio Community in light of the recent radical increase in electrical noise
> from consumer switching power supplies, variable speed motors, LED lighting,
> solar panels with "optimizers", and all of the other "energy efficient"
> wideband RF garbage generators.
> I think a more practical "Station Location and Boundary, <b)" rule would be
> to have the RX and TX located in either "in the same grid square" or "within
> 100 KM" and of course within the same DXCC Entity.
> I also think that building and maintaining a shared Community Low Noise RX
> Receiver Site would make a great DX Club project and service.
> Let's get this rule updated. How do we get started?
> Lloyd - N9LB
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