[CQ-Contest] ETHICS

kd4d at comcast.net kd4d at comcast.net
Fri Apr 3 06:58:45 PDT 2009

Hi Dick:

Thanks for sending me back to the regulations - always a fun thing.  I wondered
if I had missed a change, but I think not.  I don't think this is quite correct:

"In other words, you can't tell from the call sign whether the control operator has sufficient privileges for the person operating the radio to transmit in a particular band segment."

You CAN tell from the callsign if the control operator has sufficient privaledges
in this case, since the control operator's callsign is part of the required
station identification (in this case):

See Part 97, Section 97.119
(e) When the operator license class held by the control operator exceeds that of the station licensee, an indicator consisting of the call sign assigned to the control operator's station must be included after the call sign.

We'll leave the potential "third-party traffic" issues of an unlicensed person
for another day... :-)


Mark, KD4D

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dick Green WC1M" <wc1m at msn.com>
To: "Tom Haavisto" <kamham69 at gmail.com>, "cq contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 2, 2009 8:20:18 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ETHICS

As for working General class licensees in the Extra band, it's not possible
for you to determine whether the operator has sufficient privileges to work
in that part of the band. According to FCC rules, the privileges the station
may use are those of the designated control operator, who does not have to
be the station licensee or the owner of the call sign used for operation or
even the person operating the radio. For example, the control operator could
have Extra class privileges, the station owner could have Advanced class
privileges, the call sign being used for the contest could have General
class privileges, and the actual person on the air might not have a license
at all (yes, that's allowed). In this case, it's perfectly legal for the
unlicensed operator to transmit in the Extra class portion of the band. In
other words, you can't tell from the call sign whether the control operator
has sufficient privileges for the person operating the radio to transmit in
a particular band segment. Bottom line, just work 'em and log 'em.

These are my opinions, not anyone's official policy.

73, Dick WC1M

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Haavisto [mailto:kamham69 at gmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, April 02, 2009 12:36 PM
> To: cq contest
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] ETHICS
> Wasn't me, but I have had something similar happen.
> A few weeks ago, I was around 14.125 - well below the U.S. phone
> allocation, and I was there on purpose - trying to run Europe.  W_XXX
> calls.  I tell him he is out of the band.  I call CQ - he calls again.
>  Again tell him he is out of the band.  After the third time, I gave
> him a report and he went away.  I did not log the QSO.
> A few weeks after the contest, I get a direct QSL from him.  On it, he
> indicated the frequency (14.125).  I returned his QSL with a "Sorry -
> Not in Log" comment.
> My question is this:  I know this person is out of the band (for him).
>  Should I log this QSO?  I assume it will re removed as part of the
> scoring process - do I get a penalty if I leave it in?  What about
> someone from Europe (for example) who may be unaware of this issue?  I
> have heard Europeans at 14.148 (just below the U.S. phone band) work
> W's, and carry on without comment.  I am not pointing fingers, and I
> did not write down the calls of the persons who did this.
> Its not so cut and dry as it may seem.  My assumption is that
> participants from each country should know their band allocations, and
> stay within them.  What happens if a U.S. general class holder wanders
> down into the extra class part of the band?  How am I to know what
> class of licence he holds?  In these examples, we are using U.S.
> stations, but on a broader scale, how do I know what allocations
> various countries have for their respective licence classes, and how
> do I know they are within their respective allocation?  160 meters
> being a good one, where various countries have access to only certain
> parts of the band.  Trying to figure out who can operate where is a
> problem.
> If anyone has some easy answers, I am very interested!
> Tom - VE3CX
> >  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.

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