[CQ-Contest] Contests during Katrina recovery

Joe Subich, W4TV k4ik at subich.com
Sat Sep 3 09:52:00 EDT 2005

K1PX writes: 

> I don't want to open a can of worms but I think that it would 
> be a good idea to suspend contests for the time being while 
> the recovery efforts are getting underway.
> It is likely that there will be those who don't get the word 
> about the nets or realize other activities associated with 
> these communications.

You have opened a can of worms ... 

There is no need for the rest of the world to shut down just 
because of hurricane recovery.  The list of frequencies to be 
"protected" that has been circulating recently is absolutely 
absurd.  50 KHz at the top end of 75 meters and 40 meters 
and 25 KHz at the top end of 20 meters should be more than 
enough spectrum for what is a relatively small geographical 
area.  For every "East Podunk ARES/RACES" group to expect 
that the frequency for its weekly check-in and medical update 
net to be kept free 24/7 for an indefinite period is absolute 

I started my amateur career as an active traffic handler
and ARES member.  I participated regularly both on the 
ground in (major) disaster areas and in net control/support 
roles.  Properly trained, organized and efficient operations 
do not need this much "real estate" nor do they justify 
shutting down other activities.  One need only monitor 80% 
of the "nets" to realize that they're doing nothing but 
holding a frequency "just in case." 


   ... Joe, W4TV 

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