[CQ-Contest] Re: Bad practices identified

VR2BrettGraham vr2bg at harts.org.hk
Fri Jul 28 03:32:19 EDT 2000

While it's a reasonable expectation that a frequency might be in use
in a contest, it's an unreasonable expectation that someone sit there
listening until it's absolutely certain that the frequency is not in use.
This is not possible entirely passively.

It's quite reasonable that the station wanting to use a frequency make a
short transmission to help determine if the frequency isn't in use after
listening for a reasonable period of time first.

But it's unreasonable to interfere excessively with that transmission.
It's also unreasonable that the transmission made is ambiguous as to
its purpose.

And it's also unreasonable for the station already using the frequency not
to respond to that transmission.

If FCC part 97 rules are so extreme in implementing Article 32 of the ITU
RR that US amateurs must identify every single transmission, it will no
doubt be equally extreme concerning US amateurs causing harmful
interference with their transmissions.

Either US amateurs can operate in a courteous, commonly accepted
manner & be open to being DQ'd for contravening the claim to have
operated legally in their submission to the contest sponsor, or they can
operate in a discourteous, commonly unaccepted manner & be open to
being DQ'd for the same reason.

Problem solved!

73, VR2BrettGraham

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