OK, so I finally got enough laundry done to sit down & try CQing for a
few minutes in the CQ WW SSB. Running 500 watts to a 7-el tribander
at 20m, I'm not the loudest signal on the band but I'm not a QRP
21.405 sounds open. I ask (twice) whether it's in use. No response.
Switch to CW, send a dit-stream to double-check the tuning on the amp
- no response. Ask yet again (on SSB) whether the frequency is in
use. No response.
Start calling CQ. Get a few answers, including Europeans. Not much
rate, but it's something. Until, about ten minutes later:
"CQ CONTEST OSCAR ECHO TWO SIERRA OSCAR ECHO TWO SIERRA".
Right out of the clear blue sky. Didn't ask whether there was anyone
there, didn't listen before transmitting, just suddenly appeared &
decided 21.405 was their private property. Didn't go away when it
became obvious there was another station there. 
We're darned lucky the station they stomped on was another contester.
If it had been a schedule, ragchew, or net (however useless) on
21.405, this behavior would have generated at least two
contest-haters, ready to lobby their local IARU society to ban our
pursuit. I wonder how many of the anti-contest letters that regularly
appear in QST and RadComm were provoked by similar behavior?
There have been similar complaints posted here before, but I guess
they finally caught me on a day when I was sleep-deprived enough to
name names. OE2S is not the *only* guilty party (and there are plenty
here in the States - it's not just a European thing by any means) but
they *are* a guilty party.
This kind of crap HAS GOT TO STOP. It's going to get us exiled to
woefully inadequate slivers of the bands. If I'd been recording the
contest, a recording *would* be on the way to the Contest Committee.
Are we going to have to get a few folks DQd, or are we just going to
go ahead & provoke the non-contesters into driving us out of business?
 I know damned well they could hear me. I was (until they showed
up) working stations in bordering countries - and had worked OE2S
themselves just about an hour earlier. And, when I refused to simply
disappear when they started CQing, at one point they pretended (or
thought) I answered their CQ - and got my call 100% right. This kind
of thing can - and does - happen by mistake when QRM/QSB conditions
are poor. What happened here today **was no mistake**.
Doug Smith W9WI
Pleasant View, TN EM66
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