[CQ-Contest] Something we need to remember
Randy Thompson K5ZD
k5zd at charter.net
Sun Mar 28 17:34:32 PDT 2010
During and after the WPX SSB Contest, I received a number of emails
complaining about the behavior of various contesters on the bands. We do
all need to remember that we are sharing the road with others and must do
our part to help get along.
I have copied one such message below that should remind us of this.
Sent: Sunday, March 28, 2010 2:30 PM
I have been an amateur for over 40 years. I am interested in many facets of
Ham Radio, contesting is not one of them. That said, I am also aware that
contesting is a very popular activity. Looking over the information
available to current and prospective contesters I find nothing printed that
suggests proper protocol.
Contesters have an extremely bad name with the balance of the Ham community.
When a contest is on it seems to bring out the "to heck with you, I am going
to do what I want." attitude. As long as I can be heard I care not for what
you are doing.
Sadly most of the complaining is done amongst the Hams that are on the air
most every day and not contesting.
This letter to you is to lodge a complaint. If the rest of us behaved during
a contest with the utter disregard for the Gentleman aspect of our hobby
that used to be known as "The Gentleman's hobby" I am sure that the contest
community would also be complaining.
There is Ham Radio outside of contesting and those of us that enjoy this
would really appreciate consideration by the weekend contesters. Do not
blindly call "CQ contest" without listening to see if the frequency is in
use, and if it is respect the stations using it.
Thank you for listening.
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