Depends on the exact exchange, which is very truncated in the example below.
If it's unconditional? No, probably not.
If it's conditional? Probably. (Although "obligated" might be too strong a
If NA2DEF gives a firm time frame, say 5 minutes, and returns on time (or
early), then I would expect AA4GHI to do the "right" thing and give the
frequency back... after 5 minutes (or whatever). If 'DEF is very late,
well, things get complicated.
In general, if someone offers me a frequency for a short period of time, my
personal policy is to return it when that someone returns. But that's my
decision, there's no hard and fast rule on this.
What do you think is right?
From: Randy Thompson [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2006 10:10 PM
To: 'Ron Notarius W3WN'; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: RE: [CQ-Contest] SO2R Technique
But... in the example below, is AA4GHI obligated to give the frequency up
when NA2DEF returns?!
> W3WN said:
> ...and one thing to consider, something that I see every year
> in many of the smaller/regiional contests (such as the PA QSO
> Party) is this situation -- which solves the problem pretty
> neatly, IMHO (YMMV):
> -- AA1ABC from NA2DEF, you're 59
> -- QSL the 59, you're also 59. Hey, can we work you on 28.495?
> -- Sure, be there in a moment. AA4GHI from NA2DEF, still there?
> -- Yes! You're 59 here.
> -- You're also 59. Hey, I need to go to 28.495 for a few
> minutes, want to run the frequency until I'm back?
> In this scenario, everyone knows that NA2DEF will be right
> back, the frequency is not left temporarily vacated, AA4GHI
> gets a few minutes to switch from S&P to Run & make some more
> Q's... no hassles, no problems, everyone wins.
> 73, ron w3wn
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