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Ria and Gary, thank you. Yes, it is all about personal
integrity. When I first got in this game, DXing, many years ago,
I would hear some well-known DXers ask others to work a country
for them because they were at work, etc. I never understood
this. I don't see how anyone could get any satisfaction out of an
automatic Q or someone else using their call.
Contrary to what some may say, there is SOME skill involved with
FT8 depending on what's going on. :))))))))
On 9/24/2021 3:33 PM, Gary Hinson
from the DXCC rule which is (arguably) ambiguously worded
and difficult to prove and so enforce, plus the ethics and
possible safety issues, the strongest argument for me is
that robotic automation drains the fun out of digi-DXing. I
don’t want to automate myself out of the loop. I enjoy
being an integral and active part of my DXing system.
ops choose to run full-auto 24x7, that makes it a bit easier
for me to contact them when the path is open, although
personally I’d prefer to know there is a licensed
ham in the shack at the far end monitoring things.
MSHV are two that I know of. I know of a few ops who use
them in full auto and even unattended mode.
the rule? For me it’s about knowing that my plaque on the
wall was obtained with honor, I didn’t break any of the
rules, didn’t operate illegally etc. I don’t know if the
desk has taken action against anyone for fully automatic FT8
(which is absolutely against the rules) but that’s not my
I don't think there is
anything to worry about. The ARRL is very busy and I
doubt they have time to investigate and prove what you
are using for operating software. I'm curious
though? What "automation" are they speaking of? I'm
not aware of any software that makes automatic QSOs
although I guess it could be done.
statement was made on the FTDMC Facebook
days if the ARRL finds you are using
automation they will strip you of any
awards they believe you used it for."
this true? I know you aren't supposed
to claim credit for any QSO involving
automation, but that's a far step from
taking away an award which was
otherwise earned honestly.