The first thing I checked when the new rules came out was the “terrestrial repeater” prohibition.
There’s a ham I regularly talk with when I’m activating. When I talk with him, I’m using VHF simplex. He sometimes sets up his home station as a cross-band repeater and uses his HT to make contacts via his home station while he goes for a walk. When he’s at home, he uses the same home station to make contacts directly.
I view this as remote operation of his primary station. Some might view it as a “terrestrial repeater.” It’s not a repeater in the common sense of the word, but it is terrestrial and it is repeating.
I haven’t needed his contact to qualify the activation, but I’m planning to take some VHF-only operators out for their first activation. If they need his contact in order to qualify the summit, does this mode of operation qualify as a valid chase?
Kevin / K4KPK