[CQ-Contest] 40 meter operating practices

Steve Ireland sire at omen.com.au
Fri Oct 31 08:10:27 EST 1997

At 10:06 AM 10/28/97 -0500, you wrote:
As one of those who operated split frequency on 40m and gave his call every
QSO and his frequency every 2nd/3rd QSO or so during the CQ WW SSB - and
heard many others doing the same - I think some are getting a bit carried
away about stations being poor about giving their Rx frequency.  I agree
there are some bad offenders - often large stations who do it simply to keep
the rate up - but it is an isolated rather than epidemic practice in my view.

After listening/working over the weekend, I believe there is a much worse
problem which is certainly approaching epidemic proportions - the increasing
number of stations who produce S9+ signals but cannot hear a large
percentage of the stations calling them.

QRM is a huge problem in the CQ WW, but these same stations can often be
heard operating outside the contest - when their ability to hear stations
calling them does not seem to improve!  My conclusion is there are
increasing numbers of stations using very large linears indeed (5 - 10kW),
but with only average receive ability.

The only solution seems to be to keep some sort of list of these loud 'deaf'
stations and avoid calling them, as it is not worth the effort.


Steve, VK6VZ

>On 10/27/97 8:13 PM, Gary Nieborsky at k7fr at televar.com wrote:
>>One problem I had during the just completed CQWW was that the DX stations on
>>40 were very very lax in giving out their RX frequency.
>Amen to that! And some were working station after station without given 
>their calls, either.
>>I guess with the
>>advent of wide spread packet spotting networks the need for giving out such
>>trivial information has fallen below giving their call sign.  I can well
>>understand that when you have a vast sea of stations calling the need to
>>solicit more takes back seat to working those there but heck, it is very
>>frustrating to sit and listen to a DX station knock off the Q's and not have
>>a clue to where they are listening....almost as bad as not knowing the call
>>of the station doing it!
>More frustrating, because you can't jump in and ask for his call, because 
>you don't know where he is listening! Argh!
>The most frustrating part of working 40m is having a DX station (most 
>likely a new multiplier) blithely working 40m without a split listening 
>frequency. This means you have no hope of contacting him.
>Of course, there are a few folks who lower themselves to transmitting out 
>of band asking the DX to "listen up" or "listen for US". Plus the others 
>(some with more "famous" contesting calls) who forgo the formality of 
>legality and just work the DX simplex and have done with it. (and, of 
>course, some of those who lost track where their VFO switch was set)
>>Please tell your RX frequency a little more often then every 5 minutes!!
>>BTW, one went 11 minutes before doing so.....wonder how many of the calls he
>>worked got their information via packet and will claim SO/UN??
>Perhaps the solution is simply to permit US amatuers to operate SSB in 
>some portion of the 7.000-7.100 range. Seems like most all of our Region 
>2 breathren can, so why not?
>Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr at radio.org
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