Topband: ARRL 160m contest and DX Window?
n4is at comcast.net
Mon Dec 1 15:28:03 EST 2014
The DX Windows dated few decades ago, from the time US stations used to
transmit 1800 to 1810 and listening in the DX windows 1825 to 1830 , all
because the band was packed with LORAN signals, to work JA the DX window was
1907 to 1913. I may be wrong with some frequencies, Call CQ and tuning was
actually try to find someone calling you back somewhere in the band.
The original Idea is the DX (not US) to call between 1830 and 1835 but QSX
down or up to RX.
What is not part of the Gentlemen band is calling CQ and listen 3 seconds
and call again and listen 3 seconds, .. There is no way to copy or to work
any DX, just calling like a cw machine gun to hold the frequency . This
kind of operational practice very common just keep the frequency busy with
no QSO's and at a very low QSO rate. It is very common to hear and most of
the time work DX station below those alligator's contest stations parked in
the DX window.
QRM the QRM'ers does not make it right as well, as we elected to be part of
the Gentlemen band we should demonstrate it by example and some talk during
eye ball QSO's.
From: Topband [mailto:topband-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Mike
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2014 10:27 AM
Subject: Topband: ARRL 160m contest and DX Window?
The ARRL 160 meter contest is this weekend. I know there has been a lot of
controversy in the past about the 1830 to 1835 segment (the so-called "DX
I understand that if I am in the USA, the right thing to do is to NOT park
in that window and call CQ (but I can answer a CQ from a DX station on
another continent or island). The rule at http://www.arrl.org/160-meter
simply states "*6.1. *The segment 1.830 to 1.835 should be used for
intercontinental QSOs only."
Maybe some of the more experienced Topbands could clarify this.
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