[CQ-Contest] Band edges?
k0luz at email.msn.com
Mon Dec 18 10:18:04 EST 2000
As a former OO, I guess I can answer some of these questions.
OO is an ARRL appointment that has no government connections. I don't
remember receiving any training before being appointed, It depended on the
State Section Manager to decide if the person was qualified to receive the
appointment. Simply said OO's are volunteers that send out notices when
they feel there has been a violation. It is a service provided by the
volunteers to alert operators that they need to evaluate their equipment or
operating procedures to be sure all is ok and hopefully avoid being ticketed
by some official such as the FCC in the future.
Could the OO be wrong? Yes!
However, you might consider why you got the notice instead of trying to
figure out how many fairies can dance on the head of a pin. Usually there
is a strong possibility that something is wrong and the volunteer is asking
you to check and make sure everything is ok. And if you find out that there
was a problem, take action to avoid having it happen again.
There are absolutely no requirements to reply to the notice. You haven't
lost any "points" on your license. You can even decide that there was no
validity to the notice and forget it.
I never considered myself as a "policeman" but as someone who might be able
to point out a problem that an operator wasn't aware.
> I have been licensed since 1977 and have never had the misfortune to
> a notice from an OO which I believe stands for Official Observer. Let us
> say that one is out of band by a small amount and receives a notice from
> Official Observer. What is a operator to do next? Is one required to
> respond back to the Official Observer in a prescribed amount of time?
> is the penalty for this violation?
> This is amateur radio and I believe some of us are going to occasionally
> make some unintentional mistakes. Anyone ever set the radio up
> on one of their first times operating phone split on forty meters phone.
> heard too many US calls in the wrong part of 40 meters during the CQWW
> contest. The important thing is for us to learn from our mistakes and
> ensure that it does not happen again.
> I am surprised that these new high tech computerized transceivers do not
> warn or prevent an operator from operating out of band.
> Dave KG0US
> Ed Sleight wrote:
> > Fellows, some of the speculation going on is highly suspect. I remember
> > aksing the ARRL some years ago this specific question for SSB. Their
> > answer was if you are less than 3 kHz from the bottom edge on SSB on the
> > HF bands, you are out of band. At the same time, I seem to remember a
> > figure of 1.25 kHz for CW.
> > Speculation on the signal strength is merely that, any OO worth his salt
> > has variable step attenuators.
> > And as far as getting the FCC into it, let sleeping dogs lie! I would
> > hesitate to turn this into a dogfight between the OO, the operator, and
> > the FCC. You just might find the color changing on that notice.
> > 73
> > Ed
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