[CQ-Contest] New rally frequencies for NA Sprint SSB

Hank Greeb n8xx at arrl.org
Sun Mar 17 00:43:00 EDT 2013

Ibelieve one needs to give a bit more time before "arbitrarily" changing 
recommended operating frequencies.  Tonight I found folks mostly between 
7200 and 7260 KHz, a few lower in frequency on 40.  On 80 the band was 
"sporadically" crowded between about 3800 and 3860, with a few folks 
operating below 3800

I personally agree that moving to thefrequencies mentioned below are 
"reasonable." But I resemble the "derogatory put down" of our fellow 
hams who make their living raising swine and other food.   Whilst no one 
"owns" afrequency, people who choose to operate on anyfrequency or range 
of frequencies have just as much right to operate on those frequencies 
as do contest operators.  If others are in contact with their friends, 
or even with a casual "new" contact, thisis perfectly legal.

Lettuce not caste aspersions at our fellow hams, their vocations, nor 
they choice of operating times and frequencies.  None of us "own" any 
frequency. Plus, if farmers didn't choose toraise food for us, we'd all 
be spending much times in gardens and/or foraging for food.

72/73 de n8xx Hg
QRP >99.44% of the time

p.s. I grew up infarming country, did my share of tending crops and 
feeding chickens, goats, swine, and cattle in my elementary and high 
school days.I fondly remember the "shack" @ WØIAY, a ham friend a few 
miles from where we lived in SE Nebraska.   His station was on the back 
porch of his farm house, which he had enclosed. It contained a home brew 
KW AM transmitter, "breadboard style construction" inside a 8' x 10' 
room which was entirely enclosed with copper screening. The reddish glow 
ofthe plates of the pair 304-TL's, modulated by a pair of 304-TH's, and 
the blue glowfrom the 872 Mercury Vapor rectifiers are still fondly 
remembered inthe grey matterbetween my ears.  Theglow would vary in 
brightness and intensity with modulation peaks.....  Ah! fond memories.

On 3/16/2013 12:00 PM, Ken Keeler <kenkeeler at jazznut.com> wrote:
> Message: 11
> Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2013 22:45:32 -0700
> From: Ken Keeler<kenkeeler at jazznut.com>
> To:CQ-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] New rally frequencies for NA Sprint SSB
> The published rally frequencies are out-dated and 'stupid', given the new allocations on 40m and 80m.
> In talking with KW8N during the Sprint practice tonite, he mentioned a movement back east to move the frequencies to:
> 80m:  3760 to 3810, but avoiding the DX window of 3790-3800.
> 40m:  7150 to 7200.
> These frequencies include General Class ops.
> Why steer activity into Pig Farmer frequencies on 75m, and broadcast carriers above 7200?
> Contest managers need to think about this, both Sprints and NAQPs, even SS.
> So let's do this on Saturday, and comment on it in your 3830 posts.
> N6RO

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