[CQ-Contest] 160 window in ARRL 160m contest,

Ron Feutz feutz at wctc.net
Fri Dec 9 12:46:25 EST 2005

At 08:23 AM 12/9/2005, Bill Tippett wrote:
>KK9K wrote:
>  >Left undiscussed was the use of the window by loud Caribbean stations
>as their own private clear channel to run the US, as the thread was
>cut off when this subject came up.
>          Yes, because loud Zone 9/10 Intercontinentals
>(think PJ2T, P40W, HC8N) could do exactly the same
>and be perfectly within the rules.  Where do you
>draw the line?

Simple - they shouldn't be in the window for the 160 
contests.  Neither should Pr or 6Y, or anyone else running QRO in the 
Caribbean. Its not a matter of rules, its a matter of common sense 
and courtesy.  The window should be a place where real DX can be 
heard by stations who don't have great RX antennas, which is most of 
the participants. 2 or 3 loud Carib stations and their associated 
pileups use up half or more of the window.  As I pointed out on the 
other reflector, we didn't hear KV4FZ in the window did we?  Follow 
Herb's example.

Now, we don't need to debate whether or not the station is in NA or 
SA, or the exact wording or myriad interpretations of the rule(s), or 
what the window once was, or is for other contests, or what "real DX" 
is, or what the IARU or ARRL think, or anyone's personal history, or 
anything else. What we need is for big gun stations in the Caribbean 
to apply the golden rule, and let the majority of the participants 
have a reasonable shot at working some real DX.

73 Ron KK9K 

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