My very good friend Jim, N6TJ, had written:
> please please please LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN before you try and impress the
> rest of us with your transmitting prowess.
Nick, UT2UZ, responded:
> There's no time in contests to listen. There's almost no place for CQ.
> So, if you listen too long time, somebody else will start with ?/QRL?/CQ
> on the frequency.
This raises an interesting question: Are frequency "Squatter's Rights"
established by transmitting, or also duration of receiving time for "intent" to
use the frequency?
In Nick's example, if I have "listened" to what turns out to be an unsed
frequency for 5 seconds, but before I send a planned "QRL?" at 10 seconds,
someone whips out a "QRL?" after only listenin 2 seconds, haven't I already
been "occupying" (from a receive standpoint) the frequency 3 seconds longer?
Methinks that if I've been there 5 seconds and a "new kid on the block" sends a
"QRL?", I will most likely respond with "dit dah dit" ... based upon "RX
Squatter's Rights" :-)
Of course, if a Big Dog SO2R station had been QRV on that freq for 2 hours and
took a little bit longer away from it (maybe trying to copy a real weak QRP
station), umh, I guess that would dictate a different course of action...like
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