Sorry John, I don't agree with you. If I ask "QRZ is the freq in use,"
get no answer, then ask a second time just to make sure
someone's not in the middle of an exchange, and get no answer,
then the freq is up for grabs. This exchange probably takes 10-12
secs. I think it is unreasonable to expect a freq to be your's when
you've vacated it for possibly 120 seconds. Maybe you should have
jumped back to your original spot and thrown a CQ or two out in
the middle of the QSYs.
You may luck out and have it waiting for you. Or, you could be a
bully and take it back, but that's not the right thing to do.
On 5 Mar 01, John Dorr wrote:
> Well, I'll step up here considering no one else seems willing to mention
> real calls/names. The incident with N2MG involved myself while operating on
> 10M. I had the good fortune to have two needed multipliers call me which I
> managed to successfully pass to 15M.
> Now, I agree about the concern over the frequency ownership issue raised by
> several guys on here. In this case (and correct me if I'm wrong), I believe
> the passes probably took about 45-60 seconds each. That is, in my view,
> within a reasonable window to say you're still using a run frequency.
> Naturally, that can be debated at great length as it already has been on
> this channel.
> The point in my on-air comment to Mike was simply that instead of trying to
> have the debate in the heat of battle, he would be better off finding his
> own frequency and focussing on passing guys himself as appropriate.
> Obviously that's a one-sided view but, right or wrong, seems to be a
> regular practice by most operators.
> BTW, for the record, I was not operating with two radios this weekend. But,
> a fair point has been raised here about how long a frequency is legitimately
> yours when you choose to vacate it for any reason. I submit to the
> contesting court that there's no cookbook answer to that one.
> 73 John, K1AR
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