[CQ-Contest] Contest preferred segments in WAE

Richard F DiDonna NN3W richnn3w at verizon.net
Sat Sep 10 08:56:49 EDT 2016

Agree with Jim here.  The word "should" (to me) is a permissive word 
which means that you are in a position to follow the rule, but if 
situations and circumstances warrant, you may depart from the rule.

In my field of work - legal and international trade - the word "shall" 
is an absolute word which defines - clearly - what you can and cannot do.

Seeing the phrase "should be avoided" means that the rules prefer that I 
not go somwhere, but does not expressly forbid it.

73 Rich NN3W

On 9/9/2016 12:44 PM, Jim Brown wrote:
> The heart of the problem is, indeed, in the translation.
> I am a member of the Standards Committee of the Audio Engineering 
> Society, which is an international body, and our Standards are written 
> to be applied worldwide. Several European countries are well 
> represented (AESSC is a voluntary body). An important element of 
> "getting it right" is carefully choosing words that translate the same 
> or mean the same in other languages and cultures. Our Standards are 
> written in English.  Another important Standards body, the IEC, 
> publishes in both English and French.
> In the English language, the word "should" makes a recommendation,  
> NOT a requirement. The word "shall" defines a requirement.  As quoted 
> below (I have not read the rules on the website), the rules do NOT 
> forbid operation in those segments, they say that those segments 
> "should be avoided."   "No operation to take place on" is ambiguous -- 
> it attempts to clarify, but it still lacks the word "shall."
> 73, Jim K9YC
> On Wed,9/7/2016 10:02 AM, David Siddall wrote:
>> For background, in its English translation, the WAE rule reads:
>> According to IARU recommendations operation should be avoided outside
>> contest-preferred segments. No operation to take place on:
>> *CW*  : 3560-3800; 7040-7200; 14060-14350 kHz
>> *SSB*: 3650-3700; 7050-7060; 7100-7130; 14100-14125; 14300-14350 kHz.
>> Some could find this formulation to be unclear.  In one 
>> interpretation, the
>> first sentence refers to the IARU recommendations. The second sentence
>> adopts the IARU Region 1 recommendations as requirements for the
>> competition, and without exception, so it applies to all competitors
>> worldwide.  (This makes sense since WAEDC is a "world-work-EU-only"
>> contest, so no valid QSO is possible inside the excluded band segments.)
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