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[CQ-Contest] Out of Band operating

Subject: [CQ-Contest] Out of Band operating
From: frenaye@pcnet.com (Tom Frenaye)
Date: Wed Oct 30 22:32:43 2002
At 01:44 PM 10/30/2002 -0500, K1TTT wrote:
>What would really be nice is if you could program your radio to only allow
>transmission on specific sub bands... (hint hint kenwood, yaesu, icom, et.
>al.)  While most radios have a lockout for the whole band it would be
>useful if you could set band limits for each band. This would not only
>protect you from violating your license restrictions, but also it could
>help save amps that are tuned for 7200 and suddenly find themselves on
>7020 into an antenna tuned for ssb.  I would also like to be able to lock
>radios on specific bands for the m/m operation here.  There were a couple
>times this weekend when somehow operators got spots for the wrong bands
>and ended up with a radio set for 15m and the amp tuned for 20m.

Even if the manufacturers don't provide a way to lockout unwanted portions of 
the band, contest software could help out.   

An example would be to set the contest software to only allow moving the 
radio's TX frequency from 21200 to 21450, then if  PJ2T is spotted on 21150 in 
the SSB weekend, it could prevent you from calling, or at least warn you when 
you select the spot.

One problem with the band map and need QSO/mult windows in CT is that they do 
not display the TX frequency if they are different than the RX freq.

Don't some cluster software programs let you specify a range of frequencies to 
filter (in or out)?  That might be another way to handle it.

It'd still be easiest if the radio itself could be set up to prevent TX out of 
band mistakes.

                -- Tom

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