[CQ-Contest] WAEDC CW: only for Extra class USA

Richard DiDonna NN3W nn3w at cox.net
Tue Jul 28 05:03:41 PDT 2009

I agree.  This is what happens when you allow the emergency whacker types to dictate policy at IARU meetings.  They ignore wide swaths of band which go completely unused and then complain when there is actual activity on the bands in a contest on the weekends...

Its absolutely impossible to contain stations within 25 KHz - especially when you have a couple thousand stations in the test.

In any event, the IARU R1 band plan shows "contest preferred" between 7000 and 7025, but does not say contesting not allowed above 7025. 

The "plan" states as follows:

7000 - 7025	200	CW, contest preferred
7025 - 7040	200	CW, 7030 kHz - QRP Centre of Activity

Since I says preferred and not forbidden, its clear that the WAE contest sponsor incorrectly read the rules.

I'd say play ball.

73 Rich NN3W

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Randy Thompson K5ZD" <k5zd at charter.net>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 6:56 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WAEDC CW: only for Extra class USA

> This is disappointing.  Even from W1, sometimes the only frequency I can
> find to work Eu is between 7025 and 7035.
> Randy, K5ZD 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com 
>> [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Henk 
>> Remijn PA5KT
>> Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 10:09 PM
>> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
>> Subject: [CQ-Contest] WAEDC CW: only for Extra class USA
>> DARC has adapted the new IARU R1 bandplan in the rules of the 
>> WAEDC contest which will be in the 2nd weekend of August.
>> On 40m, one of the major dx bands during this part of the 
>> solar cycle, it is not allowed anymore to make qso's above 
>> 7025. The new IARU R1 bandplan defines 7000-7025 as contest 
>> preferred.The IARU R1 encourages member societies to put this 
>> in the rules of their contests.
>> Result is that only USA Extra class licensees can work on 
>> 40m. Not really a way to encourage the non-Extra class to 
>> take part in this contest of which goals it is to work as 
>> many dx stations as possible.

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