[CQ-Contest] RTTY WPX and NA Sprint CW this weekend

Jeffrey Clarke ku8e1 at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 8 08:13:03 EST 2002

Like someone else stated earlier... I always thought that most of
the digital modes like RTTY was up in the high end of the CW band
for example like 7070.... I realize during a contest that there are
going to be more guys on so it's not possible to cram everyone doing
the contest up in that part of the band. The same thing happens in
a DX phone contest... you have stations operating below 7040 so 
guys operating CW during a DX phone contest could have a valid
that the contesters are infringing into their territory.

Hopefully the ARRL bandplan proposals for 40 meters will fix this


--- "Joe Subich, K4IK" <k4ik at subich.com> wrote:
> > From: owner-cq-contest at contesting.com
> > [mailto:owner-cq-contest at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Jeffrey
> Clarke
> > Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 9:37 AM
> > 
> >  If I am not mistaken the NA Sprints have been around since the
> 1970's.
> > The WPX RTTY is a fairly new contest so maybe the folks at CQ
> should
> > of done their "homework " before they scheduled it the same weekend
> ???
> NA Sprints have been around a long time but not on the second weekend
> of 
> February.  It is only since NCJ unilaterally moved Sprint "on top of"
> CQ WPX RTTY that the issue surfaced.  For an ARRL publication to make
> a change of this kind without consulting, is akin to DARC, JARL,
> IARL, 
> or RSGB sponsoring a SSTV contest on the first weekend of March. 
> >  Personally, I don't think there will be a big problem as long as
> the
> > RTTY contesters just stay above 7050 for the few hours that the
> Sprint
> > will be going on...
> Of course you want the RTTY operators to stay out of the area that is
> extremely "point rich" during prime operating/propagation time.  
> It is this "screw everyone else" attitude by North American
> contesters 
> in particular that generates the hatred of contesters and contests by
> the rest of the amateur population.  When Contesters need support
> (like 
> the fight to keep contest results in QST), who do you think will come
> to 
> their aid? 

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