[CQ-Contest] WW SSB

Alan Leith aleith at eastlink.ca
Sun Oct 30 18:06:09 EST 2005

Two things bothered me about this weekend's CQWWDX SSB contest:

1.  The flagrant use by US stations listening down on 40M, Canadians 
between 7000 and 7050 and Europeans and South Americans using the bottom 
end of 40M on SSB.

2.  The useless spots on packet for Europeans.  Packet was moving so fast, 
most of the time, I couldn't keep up with all the crappy spots.  I, for 
one, didn't need to see a spot for an overpowered European contest station 
that was 40 over.  I won't name the offenders who did the spotting but I 
think they should have known better.

I know that Canada, and perhaps many other countries, don't have sub bands 
but enough is enough.  Granted, the bands are crowded but for goodness 
sake, don't squeeze out those of us who like CW.

I read RX9TX's comment about sub bands in Russia and I have to say, I like 
the idea.  We used to have something like that in Canada before the 
government department responsible abdicated its responsibilities and dumbed 
down the amateur service in this country.

There was a time when I didn't miss a contest but that's changed over 
time.  I spent a lot of time listening this weekend, even made a couple of 
QSOs, and I really didn't like a lot of what I heard, especially on 40M.

Maybe my testosterone levels have diminished.



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