It is 0330Z Sat evening and between 7040 and 7062 it is a virtual wasteland.
5T1 on 7040 and then nothing until a VE7 on 7062. Very few signals, mostly
CW. A check of cluster spots also confirms this wasted space. Yet P40W who
is an American ham is going strong on 7016, plus a fist-fight between some
CW guys, one of whom is defending P40W.
It's just not the CW portion getting destroyed on 40 but also the upper
portion of the SSB segment. 40 meters in this particular contest has become
a free-for-all for contesters without regard to anyone or anything else.
There has to be boundaries established, and enforced, by the contest
committee. Just because you go to P40 or PJ2 or wherever doesn't give you a
birthright to a clear frequency at the expense of people who are not
interested in our contest.
The abuse of 40 meters in this contest is unconscionable by any standards
and is precisely why people who are not contesters hate us so much.
BULLHEAD CITY, AZ
----- Original Message -----
From: Hank Kohl K8DD
Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2006 17:26
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] SSB in CW band
> I would like to suggest to the CQWWSSB guru's that a cut-off frequency
> set for 40 meters. I think 7025 and above is more than reasonable for
> operation during the contest. This year is worse than last and has been
> getting progressively worse every year. There have been many pleas in
> years but they fall on deaf ears at the contest committee.
Who is going to enforce it?
How is it going to be enforced?
Disqualify a large operation because they slipped below the suggest
Are you up for the job?
> There is plenty
> of unused frequency spectrum above 7025. I checked several times and
> was no valid reason for any station to operate below 7025. It might be
> different if every 2.5 khz there was someone operating in the contest
> there wasn't. In fact there were several 20-25 khz segments where no one
> operating, yet there were stations below 7025 operating in the contest.
Maybe there were holes on 40M in Bullhead City, but here in the Thumb of
there were not any 20 - 25 KHz segments empty last night up to about up
0500Z when I crashed. It was wall to wall with a lot of frequencies
(and maybe more) stations on the same frequency listening to different
above 7150. And that's with a K1/100 and a dipole up about 55 ft. It
was packed with
EU, AF, Caribbean and VE stations from 7026 to 7100 with a couple below
And I'd bet it was crowded even more if you would have listened on the
KC1XX, K1TTT, or W3LPL
It sounded a lot like it did several years ago when we went to FP for CQ
WW SSB - real
hard to find a frequency on 40 to call CQ and listen up in the US segment.
73 Hank K8DD
> Thank you
> BULLHEAD CITY, AZ
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