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Re: [CQ-Contest] SSB in CW band

To: David Thompson <thompson@mindspring.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] SSB in CW band
From: kr2q@optonline.net
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 12:47:43 +0000 (GMT)
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Why the "whoops?"  Isn't that exactly what I said?  1988/1989/1990 were all at 
the PEAK of the sunspot cycle.


de Doug KR2Q

----- Original Message -----
From: David Thompson 
Date: Sunday, October 29, 2006 11:42 pm
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] SSB in CW band
To: kr2q@optonline.net

> Woops. in 1988 Cw WW SSB, the band on 10 was wall to wall from 
> 28.3 to well
> above 29 Mhz. I ran stations from N4HOH M/S on 28.840 Sat and Sunday
> mornings.
> 73 Dave K4JRB
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: 
> To: 
> Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2006 6:30 PM
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] SSB in CW band
> HI all:A couple thoughts....1. As has already been stated (but worth
> repeating), "band plans," which are not formalized as law, have 
> no bearing
> on DQ. "Law" may be either the law of a country or of a contest 
> sponsor.2.If the extra "room" were not needed, it would not be 
> used. A good example is
> 10m during thesun spot maximum. Right now (the bottom), it would 
> make Ø
> sense for someone in the CQWW DXcontest to call CQ during the 
> contest on
> 28.750. They would likely get no answers. But during thepeak, 
> that spot
> would be jammed with stations (wall to wall on ten). So the analogous
> application to40 is that if EU were calling CQ on 7015 and it "wasn't
> working," then they would not continue to sitthere. As for some 
> "big" USA
> types CQing and QSX on 7001, same thing. If nobody (DX) 
> callsthem, they
> would not continue to listen there. It is a supply and demand type
> function.3. I really don't understand how SSB signals in the 
> "cw" portion of
> the band prevents cwqso's. Since I am mostly just listening this 
> contest (my
> antennas are still strewn all over on the ground,save one), I 
> had an
> opportunity to not only view the LIVE scoreboards, but to read the
> contestreflector and be motivated to reply here. So...I see the annual
> comments about this and I wanted totest it for myself. I went to 
> CW on 40
> and operated CW. No sweat. Why? Cuz (a) I used narrowfilters 
> (the SSB
> essentially "goes away") and (b) I listen to cw on the opposite 
> sideband(USB). Can Istill hear SSB guys? Yes, but I can still 
> hear very weak cw guys
> also...with ease. Now I'll be the firstto admit that I am not in 
> zone 14
> where the issue is likely "worse." Is it really "that bad" that cw
> qso'scannot take place at all in the bottom 25 khz?4. I also 
> have to wonder
> about the time of day. I suspect (and others outside USA can 
> fill me in),
> thatthe bottom of 40m is not covered with SSB for the entire 
> contest. I
> suspect that occurs mostly during the times of day when DX 
> propagation is
> best. That is usually when most casual guys are asleep.Now I 
> know that there
> is lots to be had during the day on 40 in Europe, since 
> everything is "so
> close,"so I would appreciate some comments from the active EU
> contesters....is the bottom filled with ssbthroughout all 48 
> hours? But
> unless the entrant is M/M or Multi 2, I gotta believe that 
> daylight hours
> are, in the majority, best spent elsewhere for single ops (IE, 
> not on 40).de
> Doug KR2QPS..usual disclaimer: These are my own comments and do not
> necessarily represent the opinion of anygroup with which I may be
> associated.
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