Homebrew or commercial?

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From: ames@force.DECNET.LOCKHEED.COM
Date: Mon Feb 14 1994 - 12:28:33 EST


        Intent has to be a "big" factor. If the intent is to win,
then one criteria predominates. If the criteria is to merely to
figure out how to submit an entry, perhaps a less agressive criteria
might apply. For example, if I modify my TS830 to operate QRP based
on an article last year in QQ AND change the IF SSB filter to 1.8 KHz
Kenwood filter even tho Kenwood claims IT WILL NOT WORK, does that make my
modification Homebreww? No, because I am merely utilizing the skills
the FCC thought I ought to have anyway to get my licence. If I were to
"hire" a friend to design an RF rig for me, and then then ask somebody
else to wire it up for me, would that be "homebrew"? Clearly there is
an ethical side to the question. Intent is a factor, a factor which
can by-pass any rule. We ought to go no further than formulate a rule
to help us figure out how to submit our entries. The FCC assumes we
have a certian level of technical skill, we ought to assume that our
fellow operators have a certian level of ethics.

73, alan N2ALE/6


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