[CQ-Contest] WW SSB

Mike McCarthy, W1NR lists at w1nr.net
Mon Oct 31 06:15:31 EST 2005

40M is a mess and will probably stay that way until the whole world gets the
same allocation.  After all, running split uses twice as much spectrum as
simplex!  It was refreshing to work some of the EU stations simplex now that
they have permissions above 7100.

As for useless spots?  I had a 100+ hour Sunday on 15M just picking EU spots
off of the spot window.  If you haven't worked them, it's money in the band.
My software filters the ones I already have.  Many of them were very
difficult to work due to weak signals and QRM.  I say spot everything.  The
cluster nodes can handle it now with internet backbone connections.  Of
course, my RF users might disagree!

Mike, W1NR
Sysop of dx.w1nr.net

-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Alan Leith
Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2005 6:06 PM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: [CQ-Contest] WW SSB

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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