Riley Hollingsworth was blunt during his recent lecture... It boiled down to:
'Turn on your radio. If you don't like what you hear change frequency or
change bands. Still don't like what you hear? Turn the radio off and do
This is as clear a set of marching orders as you can get - and directly from
the attorney who represents the FCC in enforcing regulations in the amateur
Now, it is fine for us on this forum to discuss the issues of contests in
different modes being on at the same time... And maybe even, the sponsors of
one or more contests will change the times, or the suggested frequencies for
THEIR contest because of these discussions - or maybe not...
But it doesn't matter because unintentional interference HAS to be tolerated
in the amateur bands - else your only option is to turn your radio off...
Whining about this or that contest has always been there, or conversely,
whining that this or that contest is brand new, is a waste of breath... Riley
was clear that it is first come first served on any band or frequency, and
'that contest has been on that weekend since 1912' is meaningless... So, those
who stand and whine, 'but we have always been on that weekend' or 'we always
use that frequency' are <bluntly> idiots and incapable of understanding what
the FCC is clearly saying...
denny / k8do
denny / k8do
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