Stations particpating in this contest agree to be bound by the regulations of
their national licensing authority. Under no circumstances should a station be
answering a CQ if it means transmiting in a manner that is contray to the terms
and conditions of their license grant.
OTOH, 7040 KHz is not a limit that's imposed by national regulation (in the
majority of cases). We're talking about a band plan recommended by a
I'm comfortable following the advice provided by my national society (and the
contest sponsor) in this regard <http://www.arrl.org/contests/hf-faq.html>.
To quote briefly the relevant section of that document:
"Band plans are just that - plans. They are designed for normal circumstances
when band loading is much lighter than during a contest. During major contests,
the bands will be very crowded, resulting in conditions that the band plan is
not intended to address. Avoid willful interference and be as courteous as
possible to non-contest QSOs within the limits of the contest rules and
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