[CQ-Contest] SWBC stations in 7100-7300

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Mon Mar 9 13:01:14 PDT 2009

At 10:58 AM 3/9/2009, John Laney wrote:
>I agree that there were fewer DX stations CQing below 7040 this contest.
>   Of course, there were many working simplex between 7125 and 7200.
>But, there is still underutilization of the frequencies between 7100 and
>7125.  There is no reason why split frequency operation should not occur
>in that segment.  Generallly, there were only one or two stations around
>7102 listening up and toward the end there was a very weak (here) ES5
>around 7123.  Interestingly, there were a few US stations calling him on
>his transmit frequency, out of the US band.  I guess that is the usual
>problem of hams grabbing spots off the cluster and not thinking about
>what frequency the spot is reporting.  You would think on a band like 40
>where there is so much split frequency operation that most would think
>more before they transmit.  Maybe that segment will be more utilized in
>the next SSB contest.  There is still a small amount of slow speed CW
>and this weekend there were a lot of foreign broadcast stations, which I
>hope will be gone by CQ WPX SSB in a few weeks.  73, John, K4BAI.

Maybe I'm just being pessimistic, but I'd be surprised if you notice much 
difference in the BC QRM in that segment over the near term.  There's 
little incentive to wait until the magic turnover date if you've spent the 
money to do it, and a lot to stay put if you don't want to.

73, Pete N4ZR

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