[CQ-Contest] 75M and the DX Window

Sun Feb 5 13:01:49 EST 2006

There are as many misconceptions, and or misunderstandings, within the DX community as there is within the Contesting community about the 'DX Window'.
The U.S. is just about the only country in the world that has 250khz for SSB, on 75m. Within that 250khz is a small, very small, segment 3790-3800 that US and most other countries have in common. Yes there are some exceptions but for the vast majority 3790-3800 is where DX SSB contacts take place.
The DX community is very protective, and rightly so, of the 'DX Window' but they don't seem to understand when there is an international contest the only place the contesters can work DX is also in the 'DX Window'.
We need to have some 'give-n-take', compromise, between Contesters and DXers. DXers must understand during international contests contesters need to use the 'DX Window'. Conversely contesters must understand during domestic contest like SS and QSO parties, etc, there is no justification to use the 'DX Window'. Perhaps the domestic  contest sponsors can include a statement in their rules suggesting 3790-3800 is off-limits.

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
It's already tomorrow in Australia

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ted Bryant 
  To: cq-contest at contesting.com 
  Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2006 12:27
  Subject: [CQ-Contest] 75M and the DX Window

  You gotta love the irony in some of these situations.

  I heard KU8E being accosted by some frequency cops about being in the DX window (3798kHz) on 75m in
  the Sprint... as he was working an F4...also in the Sprint.

  See you on cw.

  73, Ted W4NZ

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