[CQ-Contest] Thoughts on 40 SSB

LA5HE Ragnar Otterstad la5he at otterstad.dk
Tue Nov 1 17:14:50 EST 2005

First, for the hardcore CW guys griping about SSB guys transmitting below
7040, they remain amazing silent during many contests when the CW guys and
guys are above 7040.

Read the bandplan  !

Hey, with the spots low and the numbers of hams increasing, the band flexes
for the contest.

That is totally unacceptable to a great number of non-contesters around the
world !

What does piss me off though, is when the band is empty around 7020 or so,
and some guy fires up around 7005 to CQ.  Most guys are usually pretty good
about that, although one TA was rather fond of doing that on 7000 for much
of the
weekend.  The same is true for the W/K guys listening in that area when they
are running.  I know K3LR, KC1XX, W3LPL and I all try to listen as high as
possible, although when the band is 20 over from 7100 to 7015 you have to
lower in order to hear anything other than ultra compressed audio.

Not acceptable !

For the idiots who call to inform me that listening to guys below 7040 when
I'm running is illegal, it is not.  The transmitting station on below 7040
be doing something "illegal", but I am not.

NO- but you are encouraging a behaviour that goes against ham-spirit.
We dont want caos, which is why there are bandplans.

Next, I may be wrong on this one, isn't the band plan a voluntary one in
parts of the world?

YES.  it is called  Gentlemen's agreement !  and of course it requires
people to behave like gentlemen.

Although 7100 and up is allocated to many stations for SSB, why is it a vast
wasteland during contests?

It is not ! But during nightime the BC stns are taking over most of it in
Region 1.


Second, the ops in countries who have 7100 to 7150...use it!



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