No FT8 ROBOTS allowed in ARRL Contests!

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  1. WA6MHZ

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    From the ARRL board meeting July 19-20th

    "33.Returning to further recommendations from the Programs and Services Committee, Mr. Sarratt moved, seconded by Mr. Norris, that WHEREAS, there has been a growing concern over fully automated contacts being made and claimed for contest credit; THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, on the recommendation of the Programs and Services Committee, the Board directs that the rules for ARRL contests – both HF and VHF/UHF – be revised to include the requirement that each claimed contact must include contemporaneous direct initiation by the operator on both sides of the contact. Initiation of a contact may be either locally or by remote. After discussion the motion was ADOPTED by voice vote."
  2. K3XR

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    How would that be enforced?
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  3. WF4W

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    not really possible to enforce.
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  4. W3WN

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    Wait, I thought FT-8 wasn’t practical for contests?
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  5. K7TRF

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    Honor system. The same as declaring yourself as a low power vs high power station - there's no official running around visiting ham shacks to see if you actually used your amp during a contest.
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  6. W3WN

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    It would have to be on the honor system.

    Considering that most top level contesters don’t seem to trust each other much anymore (one of the things that led to the Open Logs privacy debacle), that may be hoping for too much.
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  7. K3EY

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    Honor System. That's why there is no security with LoTW:p
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  8. K1VSK

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    A ‘feel good’ rule effects everyone except the people who don’t care
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  9. WN1MB

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    The double-edged sword of competition brings out both the best and worst in human behavior. One's ego can be a savagely hungry beast.
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  10. KK5JY

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    That statement is even more true outside of AR.
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