[CQ-Contest] Get me the bandplan cops - RTTY on the low end of 40!

Cedrick "Fred" Johnson - WT2P fredwt2p at gmail.com
Wed Feb 14 00:43:38 EST 2007

What if you're doing sprint while partying with hooters girls and a keg?
Oops! I forgot to send QRL! =)

Seriously, there's many variables out there. Perhaps the other station
CANNOT hear you (or the signal is so weak, and there's other people next to
him that are loud, and he/she thinks this morsel of bandwidth is actually
open, when in fact, he is trampling on you and doesn't know it.

I remain convinced that it's not all done "on purpose" but, I have heard a
bunch of #@#$@# from someone after a contest of whom accused me of
"stealing" the frequency. Oh yeah, lil ol k9yo stealing a frequency with a
butternut vertical...............NOT.... I didn't hear whoever it was.


Cedrick "Fred" Johnson
WT2P - ex. K9YO, N9YXA
New York, NY 10031
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-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of K6VVA
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 10:43 PM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Get me the bandplan cops - RTTY on the low end of

  On Sun, 2007-02-11 at 20:28, I originally wrote:
 > > The AWESOME QSY rule was not designed for any disruptive or evil  > >
purposes.  In fact, the rule has several Virtues:

On 12 Feb 2007, Doug Smith W9WI, replied:
 > I did notice many incidents of Sprinters calling CQ on occupied  >
frequencies without so much as a ?.  FAR more than in any other contest.

Oh oh ... that's not the way it's supposed to work, which could
understandably cause some upset individuals.

To the best of my ability, I try to always push the "QRL?" key at least once
before opening fire on a new frequency  I will normally do it twice,
actually, but may relapse from time to time to once.

 > I will sheepishly admit to having done so twice myself, due to having  >
the wrong radio selected.  With the frentic pace of Sprint, mistakes in  >
general seem a LOT more common.

Ahhh yes, "confession is good for the soul".  I commend you on your
forthrightness.  "Been there, done that too."

 > I am not convinced all the cases were inadvertent though.

You are probably right.  "To err is human, to forgive divine" (unless the
same mistake is made again and again and again???).

We ALL really need to do the "QRL?" thing as much as possible, even though
it does take a few seconds to be "Good Neighbors".  IMHO, most CW Sprint ops
set the "Gold Standard" of Contest operating.  Tnx to the BARC gang for
Sponsoring such a challenging RadioSport event.


Rick, K6VVA

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