[CQ-Contest] Thoughts on 40 SSB
Cqtestk4xs at aol.com
Mon Oct 31 09:22:12 EST 2005
Having done WWSSB on 40 seriously for a bunch of years, I feel like I have
some informed thoughts on this matter.
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 RTTY
guys are above 7040. Hey, with the spots low and the numbers of hams
increasing, the band flexes for the contest. The SSB unoffical band expands for
contests and then shrinks when CW takes over. For daily use the SSB guys should
stay above 7040 and the CW below it.
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 listen
lower in order to hear anything other than ultra compressed audio.
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 may
be doing something "illegal", but I am not.
Next, I may be wrong on this one, isn't the band plan a voluntary one in many
parts of the world?
Although 7100 and up is allocated to many stations for SSB, why is it a vast
wasteland during contests?
Working split does not always take up twice as much USABLE bandwidth. Many
stations wind up sharing the same listening freq...a real PIA. Also, many EU
stations listen on frequencies like 7293 and so forth. I have yet to hear a
W/K running from up there.
Now, the solution.
FCC should allocate 7040 and up so the US is not a third world country when
it comes to allocation. It is maddening to hear guys not listening up. VE
guys have it and even KL and KH have 7075 and up....no more split. Back in the
old days the US was given limited bands because the rest of the world was
behind us in tech and needed a place where they could use 25 watters and dipoles
and not be battered by big US stations. The proliferation of technology has
radically changed that concept. Does anyone actually believe that JA/G/DJ are
all technologically backward and poor? Yeah, I know it ain't gonna happen, but
it would be nice for at least day to day use.
Second, the ops in countries who have 7100 to 7150...use it! Last let's all
be a little more understanding about flexing 40 during contests.
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