[CQ-Contest] Frequency owners

Mon Aug 22 19:43:06 EDT 2005

Come out here to the west and try to use 3840 during any domestic contest like NAQP or SS. You will be run off very rudely by the world famous W6OBB.  He will tell you in no uncertain terms he owns the frequency and to boot is a personal friend of Riley. Then even better is 3815, I call it 'The loose screw' frequency. Then of course on 40m meters there's 7240 which is reserved for everyone but contesters and 7153 which is the exclusive use of the international DX ragchewers.
Unfortunately by the time you have tried to enlighten any of these groups you have probably lost 50 Q's.

MAL         N7MAL
Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
It's already tomorrow in Australia
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kenneth E. Harker 
  To: CQ Contest 
  Sent: Monday, August 22, 2005 14:29
  Subject: [CQ-Contest] Frequency owners

       On Saturday in the NAQP, I spent at least two hours CQing on 14.260 MHz.
  A little after 0130 UTC, someone came on frequency and "informed" me that I 
  was operating on the IOTA frequency, and that I was interfering with one or
  two active IOTA DXpeditions who would rather be using this frequency,
  and could us contesters be so kind as to keep just this one frequency clear,
  seeing as how it is the IOTA frequency after all, and I wasn't on an 
  island, blah, blah, blah....  He was reasonably polite and all, even gave 
  a callsign, but of course he was taking like 90+ seconds to make his point, 
  and I decided that, even though I had really good rate on that band, it was 
  time to be CQing on 40M anyway, so I left him to argue with himself for who 
  knows how much longer.  Checking 14.260 later on with the second radio, I 
  never heard anyone else using that frequency, but maybe that was because 
  signals of adjacent activity that moved in around it made it just as unusable 
  as if I had been there all along.

       Looking up this IOTA business on the web, I find that these people 
  think they own no fewer than fifteen (15) frequencies on the HF ham bands.
  What utter hubris!

       I also at one point on Saturday heard some station giving someone on
  14.298 MHz grief about how the Maritime Mobile Net had been on 14.300 MHz
  for over 40 years, blah, blah, blah - of course, when I tuned up to 14.300 
  MHz, there's NOBODY there!

       Can someone tell me, is there any special interest group in ham radio
  today that _doesn't_ think it owns a frequency on 20 meters phone?

  Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
  kenharker at kenharker.com

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