I'd really appreciate some help from stations Stateside in particular......<deep breath>
I've had an ongoing problem over the last 5 years or so when operating from oil rigs.
I'm currently trying to get some clarification from the ARRL/DXCC in writing to answer mine and other stations queries.
Basically, I'd like to get FIXED oil platforms accepted as valid for DXCC status for the country to which they belong.
Currently, it is a very grey area to which the ARRL (well, 1 person at the ARRL) has not given a satisfactory answer.
There are basically 3 different types of oil rig.
1. Jack-up Drilling rig http://www.cleddau.com/jackup.html
2. Semi-submersible Drilling Rig http://www.cleddau.com/semisubmersible.html
3. Fixed Production Platform
The Jack-up and Semi-submersible are both mobile drilling rigs which by their very design and purpose move from one location to another.
Fixed Production Platforms are erected in one place and must stay in the same location for their entire life which can be anywhere up to 50 years +.
The ARRL/DXCC makes exceptions for 'historical ships permanently docked' to be valid for DXCC. I am simply trying to get them to accept the fixed type of oil platform under the same criteria.
I would appreciate an email from anybody who has any contacts at the ARRL who might assist in getting this properly discussed/debated/considered so that I can get an informed decision after all of the facts have been put forward.
Further information is available about myself and my radio operations at my two websiteshttp://www.cleddau.comhttp://3c5j.com
I look forward to hearing from you.
MW0BRO / 3C5J