[CQ-Contest] ETHICS

Ted Bryant W4NZ at comcast.net
Thu Apr 2 13:42:20 PDT 2009

Why is it now still necessary to have a "U.S." and a "foreign" phone segment
on any band which is allocated exclusively to amateur radio?

Ted W4NZ

-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com]On Behalf Of Chad WE9V
Sent: Thursday, April 02, 2009 12:05 PM
To: Doug Renwick; cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ETHICS

This brings up an interesting point.  Is it really the VE's responsibility
to know that every answer to his CQs is within their band or license class?
Sure, this example is a little easier, knowing that US hams can't go below
14150, but what if he was on 14153 and a US general class licensee call
him?  Should he quickly evaluate every caller to see if they are approved to
operate on 14153?  If you say "of course not", I ask you, what's the
difference? In either case, the US ham is operating beyond their license
class.  Why is it the VE's responsibility to police him if under 14150 and
not at 14153?

Chad WE9V

On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 12:06 PM, Doug Renwick <ve5ra at sasktel.net> wrote:

> Mike,
> I get the same feeling that integrity is gone.  Let me share an example
> from the last WPX test, although minor, shows a disturbing mindset.  A
> very well known VE contester was running on 20m well outside the US
> band.  A US station called him outside his band and the VE station gave
> him an exchange and continued.  I would have told the W station that he
> was out of the band and that I can not work you here.  I also doubt it
> very much that the VE contester didn't know what frequency he was on.
> IMO I get the feeling that many, many rules are broken during any
> contest ... it seems now to be a way of life.  As Mike says 'win at any
> cost'.
> Doug
> I'll run the race and I will never be the same again.

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