I don’t have a strong view on the use of Hack Green or other remote stations, receive or transmit. I’m sure I wouldn’t pay for the priviledge though on the website which Paul pointed out remotehamradio.com even at 9 cents per minute. With the amount of time I spend on the radio, I would soon be one bankrupt radio ham! I am fortunate in that I have built myself a good station in my home QTH and so I can get by without remote facilities but that may not always be the case…
The other award scheme I take part in and have done since I got my licence in 1982, is the ARRL DXCC Awards and I also submit my country totals via ADIF to Clublog which features DXCC Country League Tables internationally and for individual clubs.
Neither scheme disallows contacts via remote methods. I suspect the reason is that this is impossible to police. The point mentioned about amateurs living in a restricted situation not of their choosing, be it a care home or a city centre location with high noise levels, is a very relevant one. It suggests to me that using a remote station for TX or RX should be allowed. As G8ADD has said the proliferation of electronic gadgets, VDSL, LED lighting, Solar Panels etc are making life more difficult for amateur radio reception in a normal domestic situation. The authorities such as OFCOM are not interested in helping us and do not have the resources, they say. We want to encourage amateurs to continue in the hobby and the use of remoting, SDR etc should help some continue who would otherwise leave.
Paul W6PNG draws parallels to this argument about the use of remote equipment with the arguments on the reflectors and ham radio magazines about FT8 and how easy it is work DX compared to good ol’ RTTY and other modes like CW. The people against FT8 are generally ol’ time DXers who have built up a high country score by making rubber stamp QSOs with DXpeditions, yet doing that is so similar to what FT8 is all about - short QSOs lasting a minute or so. I don’t object to FT8 either and I enjoy using it myself, despite having a very respectable DXCC tally and preferring to use the old orignal mode, CW whenever I can.
73 Phil G4OBK