Denny, were the stateside stations transmitting below 3750? Or were they
working split, transmitting in the US portion of the band and listening on
If they were transmitting down that low, they're a little early yet!
73, Mike K9MI
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dennis OConnor" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2006 17 30
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Contest bashers
>A few comments on 75/80 meters...
> Having just finished CQWW, SO, 80, LP I noted a few things... As a low
> power station I generally cannot hold a frequency against the loud HP
> stations so I do a lot of S&P all over the band...
> I noted a few USA ops working DX well below 3750 (if 3610 is well
> below)... One in particular was working his way up and down 80 meters...
> The DX sounded a bit puzzled but gave him the Q... Another station (no
> call) advised the USA op that he was out of band, but a few minutes later
> he was still working DX up the band so he had made a decision to pad his
> score no matter what... I could have added at least 3 countries and a zone
> within minutes had I been willing to do the same...
> In pondering this turn of events it occurred to me that a sea change is
> upon the DX, which I suspect many DX ops have not noticed as yet...
> There seemed to be an increase this year in DX ops staying below 3750 and
> working only other DX stations... This is cozy for them... Has low QRM,
> and allows them to alter the outcome of the contest by padding only other
> DX scores.. This will change next year when screaming hordes of US ops
> are all over their playground...
> Another sea change will be our relationship with Canadian ops... They
> consider it their right to have a phone segment exclusive of americans...
> There will be much weeping and wailing the day the USA ops are turned
> Then the non phone ops are going to be up in arms... CW, RTTY, packet,
> PSK, other digi, will be unhappy once the phone stations are all over the
> lower part of the band... The FCC and ARRL have not heard the last of it
> despite the fine rhetoric used in announcing the expansion of the phone
> band... I expect frequency wars, including auto robots being turned
> denny / k8do
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