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Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL DX SSB: 40m operation

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ARRL DX SSB: 40m operation
From: Michael Keane K1MK <k1mk@alum.mit.edu>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 10:16:21 -0500 (EST)
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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 
non-governmental entity. 

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 
licensing regulations." 

Mike K1MK
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