[CQ-Contest] NAQP and 75 Meters

Richard DiDonna nn3w at cox.net
Thu Feb 2 16:05:53 EST 2006

I just got done reading the ARRL's "white paper" on contest guidelines which according to W3LPL on the PVRC reflector was very recently released.  Some interesting points - especially with respect to scheduling of QSOs, post-contest log editing, and - germaine to the recent discussions - usage of frequencies popularized as "calling frequencies" and "band plans".

I find it amusing that after all the bellyaching, accusations that some are immature or are causing contesting to earn a black eye, the Contest Committee has stated that:

"Band plans are just that - plans. They are designed for normal circumstances when band loading is much lighter than during a contest. During major contests, the bands will be very crowded, resulting in conditions that the band plan is not intended to address. Avoid willful interference and be as courteous as possible to non-contest QSOs within the limits of the contest rules and licensing regulations.

Calling frequencies are also intended to allow stations to find their peers under customary circumstances. During a contest, be aware of where the calling frequencies are, but if no contacts are going on there, you have every right to try and make contest QSOs."

So, if 3791 Kc is open, nobody is using it, and the bands are jammed with contesters, its appears clear that it can and should be used.  

73 Rich NN3W

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