[CQ-Contest] 75M and the DX Window

Alan Zack k7acz at cox.net
Sun Feb 5 22:38:11 EST 2006

Yes, but what about DX stations and DXpeditions using common DX split 
freqs such as 14.195/14.200, 21.295/21.300, 28.395/28.400 and then some 
local guy wants to call CQ just a Khz or so below the DX calling freq 
and get into a long winded QSO with another local about the WX, his 
aches and pains, or complaining about politics. During these long winded 
broadcasts of nothing really important he is covering up the DX.  Why 
can't they go above about 14.210, etc, for local to local ragchews?  
Today 5X1GS was on 14.160, listening up 5, working a hugh pile up when a 
domestic station got right on top of his Tx freq and started calling 
CQ.  He was asked by the DX cops to please QSY as he was on top of a DX 
station and he stated he didn't hear anyone before he started his CQ and 
started calling CQ again for a long time.  Maybe he couldn't hear the 5X 
since we were answering him 5 up but it was still rude to keep calling 
CQ after a dozen DX cops told him the freq was in use.  It would be nice 
to have 14.150-14.200 set aside for DX to call CQ and have the domestic 
stations call CQ above 14.200 but it ain't never gonna happen.

David Robbins K1TTT wrote:

>>There are as many misconceptions, and or misunderstandings, within the DX
>>community as there is within the Contesting community about the 'DX
>>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
>>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

Alan Zack
Amateur Radio Station K7ACZ
Official USCG Auxiliary Comm Station
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Quality Engineer, The Boeing Company, Retired
Aviation Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired
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