[CQ-Contest] 75M and the DX Window

David Robbins K1TTT k1ttt at arrl.net
Sun Feb 5 18:04:09 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.

The biggest misconception about the 'windows' on the various bands is that
it is the only place to work dx.  In most dx contests we work very little dx
'in the window'.  Most of what we work on 80m is done split, transmitting
above 3800 and listening below 3750... sometimes WAY below if the band is
busy.  The window on 160m is virtually worthless in ssb tests, and hardly
worth the trouble in cw.  With all the band realignments going on its about
time to get rid of these ancient artifacts anyway and work dx where ever it
may be found.  And if you don't like contests, switch modes for the weekend
and hunt whatever dx may be non-contesting also.

David Robbins K1TTT
e-mail: mailto:k1ttt at arrl.net
web: http://www.k1ttt.net
AR-Cluster node: 145.69MHz or telnet://dxc.k1ttt.net
> 73
> http://www.ctaz.com/~suzyq/N7mal.htm
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> 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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