[CQ-Contest] New rally frequencies for NA Sprint SSB
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Sun Mar 17 08:42:26 EDT 2013
OK let's just call them rednecks. Since some of the social issue
discussions could be characterized that way
The experiment worked to some degree last night.
I didn't venture far above 3800 since that is agricultural specialist
territory, and most others didn't either, so that worekd great with everyone
around 3740 and up to around 3810.
40 was a different story. The specialists are packed into 7175-7200.
Almost all Qs I made on 40 were 7200 and up. The guys on 7175-7200 are very
defensive of the freqs at all times...even during DXpeditions, rare ones and
major contests like SS. They are also prone to screw with you if you get
anywhere near their freqs.
In a message dated 3/17/2013 12:32:11 P.M. Coordinated Universal Tim,
n8xx at arrl.org writes:
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
> So let's do this on Saturday, and comment on it in your 3830 posts.
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