Re: Blade Runners

Ria, N2RJ

I wrote that rule with the late Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT.

Enforcement is up to the awards branch.

That said, participants in an awards program first and foremost are supposed to voluntarily abide by the rules.

How do you know? Believe it or not many of those who do it brag about it. Or you have hams who are on air 24/7 on multiple bands with FT8 and similar modes, super humans who don’t sleep. You can tell by checking PSkReporter. Joe Taylor mentioned several stations who do this, in a presentation of his. He doesn’t endorse this practice. 

I don’t know if anyone has been disqualified due to this rule.

I would like to see this rule enforced, as it would help quell some of the “FT8 is ruining ham radio” sentiment. 


On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 10:17 PM Kermit Lehman via <> wrote:
The DXCC rules contain this line concerning robotic operation:

6a)  Each contact claimed for DXCC credit must include contemporaneous direct initiation by the operator on both sides of the contact.

There is something similar for WAS.

How is this enforced?  Is it on the honor system?  How do you know if you worked a robot station?

Has it ever been used to deny DXCC or WAS credit?


Ken, AB1J

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