[CQ-Contest] Re: CW WW RTTY Complaint
Lee Hiers, AA4GA
aa4ga at contesting.com
Thu Oct 2 02:53:57 EDT 1997
> Theoretically RTTY and CW share the same allocation, 7000-7100.
> During CQWW CW, CW extends over both RTTY segments, and we go
> elsewhere (or join them!) During CQWW SSB, the RTTY segments are
> overrun by non-US SSB, and we don't try to QRM or chase them away.
> During the big RTTY contests, the CW ops that like 7030-7050 will
> just have to have some tolerance. Or, as we say for any contest -
> there's always the WARC bands...
Yep, kinda like 75m Pig Farmers during the Sprint. All of a sudden,
WHAM! Then it's gone, then WHAM! Etc. They're being invaded!
I didn't get pissed at the all the RTTY low in the band (like I may
have done in the past with RTTY stations). Instead, I did something
this weekend I've never done before...I made my first ever RTTY
QSO(s). I happened to have a multi-mode TNC thingie laying around
that I'd only used on VHF packet, so I figured out how to make it go
And guess what? The frustration I experienced trying to make those
first RTTY Qs was whole lots more fun than the frustration I'd have
experienced trying to CW ragchew at 7060!
I think that if I expect the general ham populace to put up with
contests on occasion, then I should be willing to occasionally put up
with activities that I don't regularly participate in. I guess in
such a situation there are three choices: 1)Do something else (QSY
or go fishing!), 2)Fight it, or 3)Join in.
Choices 1 and 3 make sense to me. Number 2 just seems dumb. It's
the same advice I'd give non-contesters who complain about contests.
73 de Lee
Lee Hiers - AA4GA
Contest Preservation Society - NT4DX
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