"certainly it is true that the really big stations have a special
responsibility to ensure they aren't just
trampling the little fellas."
Why is this a special case? A QRP station in New England have a better signal
into Europe than a station in the Upper midwest; where does the "special
responsibility" lie then? If making a big score means digging out many weak
(ostensibly QRP) signals, then doesn't another QRP station have the potential
to "trample" my run frequency? I personally don't think anyone deserves special
treatment or consideration in a contest, including special sub-bands or signing
I humbly suggest that everyone has the responsibility and requirement of making
sure a frequency is clear before they assume they can use it, regardless of
station size or location.
73 Steve K0SR
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