On Aug 9, 2006, at 7:35 PM, Mark Beckwith wrote:
> "Di-di-dah-dah-di-dit" does not mean "is the frequency in use?"
> Using it
> as such is bad form. MHO.
While I agree with Mark, the crucial issue isn't what is sent to
determine if a frequency is in use. The critical component is how
much you LISTEN to determine if a frequency is in use.
Far too often, a contester in a big hurry will hear a half-way clear
frequency and open up with a CQ, or perhaps is courteous enough to
send a "QRL?" or maybe just "?". But then they don't listen to the
response. More than once I've been driven off a frequency after
sending QRL QSY over and over.
LISTEN. That's the best way to determine if the frequency is in use.
Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quote: "Not within a thousand years will man ever fly!"
-- Wilbur Wright, 1901
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