Wednesday, May 19, 2021

In Dom's (partial) defense...

Anchored or underway? Neither.
Regarding the ill-mannered and low-class method of discrediting several DXpeditions of Dom 3Z9DX by Dmitri RA9USU via a public website (rather than privately with the ARRL) I have to say it looks as if Dom and his wife Joanne's current operation from Fiji (3D2ZK ) is legit - even if their operation is from a boat.


8. All stations contacted must be "land stations." Contacts with ships and boats, anchored or underway, and airborne aircraft, cannot be counted. For the purposes of this award, remote control operating points must also be land based. Exception: Permanently docked exhibition ships, such as the Queen Mary and other historic ships will be considered land based. 

I'm not a lawyer, but Dom's catamaran is tied to a pier. It is not underway and it is not anchored.

Note to land-lubbers: You don't drop an anchor while pier-side.

There are legal distinctions between being anchored out and being fixed to a pier as well - it is not simply semantics. Some ships are allowed to tie to a pier in a particular port, others must anchor out a certain distance due to environmental or ecological concerns related to the ship, its cargo, country of origin or any number of other reasons.

For example, Hong Kong and Singapore require certain ships to be at least one nautical mile off-shore; ie, anchored out. If you are on Singapore's north coast, a mile anchored out puts you almost in another country (Malaysia) so the ARRL's at anchor rule to disallow DXCC validity certainly makes sense. Pier-side, there's no question as to which country you're in.

The "Exception" in part 8 (above) is noted but, in truth, it doesn't exclude other boats tied to a pier - it just includes museum ships like the Queen Mary. The exclusion is denoted by the anchored or underway categories, neither of which are true for Dom's catamaran.

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11 comments:

  1. as soon, as you are with your ship in a port in a foreign country and stay in that port by hooking up your boat by whatever means, you have to clear border control & customs and after that process - YOU ARE A VISITOR IN THAT COUNTRY - with all legal aspects that will apply. If you operate further on in a car, on a bike, on a mountain, in a garden or from a boat, it does not matter - you are in that country and may operate legal if you holding a license by the local authorities. What ARRL describes with 'anchored' means - not a legal operation if you anchored within the maritime territory of a country. That could be far out of mainland and still under the legal authority of the mainland. And this is not the case of 3Z9DX.

    73s, Wolfgang OE1MWW

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    1. Good point. "Clearing customs" should be the criteria for populated entities like Fiji. Once they clear customs, should they then be able to return to their pier-side boat and legally operate for DXCC purposes? If not, why not?

      73,
      John

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  2. The only problem now is the fake license they provided to get a 3D2 call. However I can't check if Dmitri published a real document/e-mail. Well, let's watch what happens.....I'm almost out of popcorn supply ;-) 73, Bas

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    1. Plot twist:

      I own the World Popcorn Conglomerate and am intentionally instigating popcorn-worthy moments in order to increase my net worth ;-)

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  3. To summarize:

    In a now-locked thread on eHam's DX forum, many took Dom to task for an omission. When asked if he was operating from Fiji DXCC-legally, he said that the antennas are onshore. This alludes to the fact that the rest of his gear was on the boat.

    In exactly the same way, the ARRL omits "pier-side" but mentions anchored and underway. IE, they allude - in the same way as Dom - the pier-side might be okay.

    If the ARRL had just mentioned land-based and left out all the other (non) clarifications, there would be no question. Land-based means land-based. But they then go on to mention two conditions while omitting the third...just like Dom omitted where his radio gear was but "clarified" the location of his antennas.

    I'm not necessarily saying that DXpeditions should be allowed to operate pier-side - just that we should not hold DXpeditioners to a higher level of clarity than we hold the authority that governs them.

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    1. At least the HyEndfed (from the Netherlands ;-)) is based on the pier (landbased). Only the other end of the endfed wire is going to the mast of his catamaran. And the coax from the transformer is too. But the antenna is landbased. Just to make thing more complicated...

      But who cares, only the HAMs that take the DXCC rules too seriously...hey, it's just a hobby...

      73, Bas

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  4. If the DXCC Desk changes their mind on the topic op 3D2ZK and allow it together with the 2 other calls as mentioned in the Club Log tweet,then DXCC would be the end of it for me. There's been enough DXCC scandal in the past, Don Miller and co, enough is enough.

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    1. Where is the scandal? The ARRL does not specifically exclude pier-side operation; only "anchored" and "underway". We are reading more into Rule 8 than what is written.

      Don Miller operated off-shore, ie underway - clearly a violation. That's not what occurred at 3D2ZK.

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  5. You can speculate and postulate but in the end it is the ARRL that interprets the rule.

    If you were to check with the ARRL Awards department, you would quickly find out that operating from a non-permanently moored boat is not eligible for giving out DXCC eligible contacts. Just as the rule says.

    - Glenn W9IQ

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    1. No, not just as the rule says - just as the rule is "imagined" to say.

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