[CQ-Contest] WW SSB on my mind
rustyhill at earthlink.net
Fri Nov 4 10:28:46 EST 2005
Personally, if I am going to venture offshore in a boat costing, presumably,
many thousands of dollars, with a sizeable commitment of time, energy and
skill, I am going to have a radio which is engineered and built to:
1. Be easy to operate by a relatively unsophisticated operator in an
2. Survive a humid and often salty environment with a high degree of
3. Operate on predetermined frequencies which are free of QRM, with a large
selection of frequencies from which to choose.
4. Operate on frequencies which are monitored 24 hours a day by
professionals with redundant equipment, engineered and built to a commercial
or even military standard.
I think I am describing a Marine SSB Radio, licensed, and installed by a
professional, to a commercial standard. Or perhaps I am describing
Satellite Communications, if the boat owner preferred.
All of the above costs money, of course, and only applies if I think my life
is worth the expenditure. But to depend on (a)a single frequency, which may
or may not be open, and (b)if open could be subject to QRM, and (c)on
hobbyists being available to handle my life emergency traffic, sounds to me
like the height of folly.
I would also have an HF ham rig, and perhaps a VHF rig, along, so I could
chit chat, keep up with the news from home, etc.
That said, any time there is an emergency in real time, our practice of
setting up nets, vacating frequencies for emergency traffic, holding
frequencies open for the Emergency Net, and so forth, seems to be a bedrock
of our Public Service culture and reason for being. I applaud Jim, K8MR,
for his action during an actual emergency.
If there is a rationale for keeping 14.300 open just in case someone,
somewhere, might need to send emergency traffic, perhaps there is an equal
rationale for keeping something open on 75, 40, etc, at all hours. But that
starts to sound like the Maritime SSB Service, I think.
All the above is only my personal opinion, of course.
----- Original Message -----
From: <Jimk8mr at aol.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2005 7:24 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WW SSB on my mind
> In a message dated 11/3/05 6:38:54 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> korey.chandler at us.army.mil writes:
> The Maritime Net is not a "check in and ragchew net". Sure, the net
> control stations call for check-ins and keep the frequency "occupied". I
> check into the net quite often when in the USA and have been on
> frequency when a very weak station calls in with a dead engine on a ship
> 150 miles out in the Atlantic. I've also heard medical emergencies which
> resulted in the Coast Guard coming on frequency with a doctor to give
> advice on the situation.
> I had a somewhat similar situation occur from K8AZ during this year's IARU
> Wanting to get some 20M SSB qsos, I found 14325 open and began a
> run. Maybe 10 minutes into the run a guy called in and politely told me
> the Hurricane Watch Net would be starting up on frequency in about 45
> minutes, at 2000z. There was a significant hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico
> at the
> time (Dennis?), so I told him no problem, they could have the frequency
> or sooner if they needed it. They weren't yet ready, so I stayed there and
> continued to work guys in the contest.
> A few minutes later HWN manager K5MP showed up, told me about the net,
> and I
> told him that I knew about it and would QSY whenever they wanted. He was
> appreciative, and told me to keep going, which I did.
> During the run there were a number of people who called in about the net,
> some politely, some not. At one point K5MP even came on and told the folks
> cool it, that I was OK and not to hassle me. Finally, right at 2000z,
> called it to say the net was ready to go. I told him to go right ahead,
> which time he spent several minutes thanking me for my cooperation.
> After the contest I received an OO card from NP2B, the Virgin Islands
> Section Manager, for "Excellent operating procedure in keeping a clear
> frequency for the Hurricane Watch Net, and relinquishing the frequency for
> the net
> when it was ready".
> Perhaps the best thing for the Maritime Net during contest periods would
> to station K3LR or KC1XX on 14300 keeping the frequency clear for use in
> a true emergency occurred.
> 73 - Jim K8MR
> CQ-Contest mailing list
> CQ-Contest at contesting.com
More information about the CQ-Contest