[CQ-Contest] 75M and the DX Window

Ed K1EP k1ep.list at gmail.com
Mon Feb 6 08:18:00 EST 2006

At 2/5/2006 10:38 PM, Alan Zack wrote:

>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.

Window or no window, that is just plain rude operating if not bordering on being in violation of FCC rules.  If you ask if the frequency is in use or QRL, and someone says YES, then it is in use, whether you can hear it or not.  Maybe you transmit with a KW or more and have your multi element beam pointed to your friends, but your signal off the side or a minor lobe is still S9 to many.   The band is large enough to accommodate plenty of rag chewing during non-contest times. 

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