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Speak Out: SSB operations out of the 40m bandplan

Every DX phone contest, on 40 meters, stations can be heard operating SSB down below 7040kHz and others, working split, listening for contacts there. Even though the "7040" plan is voluntary, do you feel it still deserves to be honored during contests?

127 opinions on this subject. Enter your opinion at the bottom of this page.
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K0TF on 2011-08-22
Most recent SSB operation(s) in NAQP on 7022, and 7028 were on August 20, 2011, remain unclear what Contest organizers will do with this info. It used to be foundation for license revocation, not any more. Each and every one of the violators were US extra license holders. Apparently making few extra $$$ taking precedence over everything else... :-( Long live ...

GB1EXHAM on 2011-03-27
Hoora for the contest bullies. Eventually you will have all of the bands to yourselves. You are the best reason to use email, or cellphone.

GB1EXHAM on 2011-03-27

GW0EME on 2011-02-18
People operating out of plan should suffer a contest points de-multiplier, if the offending stations cannot find anybody to work, they will go where they can!!!

GW0EME on 2011-02-18

g0ifi on 2010-11-12
Whilst people are working them, they'll continue to do it. During the CQWW contest, two SSB stations placed their QRO, wide signals smack on the CW QRP frequency 7030. This is well out of order. They didn't even check frequency first, and destroyed several qsos, adding insult to injury by working split and listening within the SSB slot. This is a breach not just of etiquette, but licencing conditions too.

KX5RW on 2010-02-27
After being licensed for over 25 years, I still cannot comprehend why Amateurs world-wide do not share the same band plan. Would this not be a permanent solution to this problem? I agree with most posts here that the current situation makes no sense whatsoever. ..

M5FRA on 2009-12-04
>> No. Just like the stupid 160 band plan. <<

OK just do away with all bandplans and let the thugs and bullies take over. That will surely hasten the demise of ham radio and it would certainly drive all the non-contesters off the air. Nice.

GW4ALG on 2007-11-03
It's not just the CQWW SSB event that results in this chaos. Contest QRM is now prevalent on the popular HF bands every weekend, and it's driving people off the bands - for good. For many, life is too short to have to deal with such QRM every weekend.

And the number of mid-week contests is increasing too. Unless you're in that minority 'special-interest' group of radio amateurs who do contesting (about 5% of amateurs), you might as well give up operating the popular HF bands. And if you're into QRP; or experimenting; or ragchewing; or homebrewing - don't expect any help from your national society either.

And don't try 'standing your ground' in the face of the contest bullies: your national society is getting ready to pounce on you for causing 'deliberate interference'. The spirit of amateur radio is fast disappearing.

BTW, 'Contest QRM' is also a hot topics at:

Regards to all,
Steve GW4ALG

KD5XB on 2007-10-29
Friday evening my time (26 Oct 2007), I heard a DX station calling on SSB right on 7025 khz, and listening on 7168 khz -- very obviously looking for US contacts.

Somebody was trying to call CQ on cw on about 7025, but it wasn't working. At one point, a W9 answered the DX station, on SSB, on the wrong VFO - on 7025. I guess the DX station had dual receive, because they went ahead and worked right there instead of using the split.

Used to be you could go really low and find SOME place to operate some CW, but not any more.

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