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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?

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ok1rr on 2004-11-10
as published at my web site


Herewith I protest against continuously and repeatedly violating of the IARU Band Plan by many SSB contesters.. Please note that the number of stations transmitting SSB in CW band segment is growing from year to year. Here is a list of some stations which was taken from the OH2AQ DX Summit. Of course, the real number of stations violating the IARU Band Plan is significantly higher. There are also U.S. stations who didn't violate anything, they operate within their SSB segments - but they initiated Band Plan violation in IARU Region 1 by calling "... listening 7012" (or so). Isn't there a good reason to disqualify such stations?

Anonymous on 2004-05-24
Someone just wrote "C'mon, who's culpable here?". Here are some suggestions:
- the NA organisers of world-wide contests who fail to support IARU recommendations;
- the NA operators who announce that they are listening for SSB stations below 7040;
- the NA national societies who fail to support international bandplans.
If you don't like the IARU recommendations, then seek to change them. Until then, respect the bandplans.

Anonymous on 2004-05-24
Yeah, it's all the "NA" operators' fault. NOT!

NA's listen there (below 7040) but EU's transmit. Fact: NA's listening there is not breaking *our* bandplan. EU's transmitting there is breaking their own. C'mon, who's culpable here?

Damned EU's blaiming NA's for all their ills again. So what's new?

Anonymous on 2004-05-24
Jeez - for the lousy few (what is it, THREE?) weekends a year where this is a problem, is it really *such* a problem???

Anonymous on 2004-05-24
Anon wrote:
> If all the road is full of cars why
> not to go by car on the sidewalk???
> It will be much faster and very
> funny! It's todays contesting.

Incorrect analogy. This is like saying that the sidewalk is a legal and safe place to drive, just underutilized in "normal" times.

The demands of the non-contesters is more like this:

We want our own lane, and at all times it is to be free of rush hour drivers because our type of driving is "special" - it deserves its own lane at all times. No matter that the rush hour drivers have legal access to the lane, or that there's more of them. WE WANT OUR RIGHTS!!!

Anonymous on 2004-05-22
this can surely be resolved by contest organisers (as some earlier writers suggested) - if logs showing contacts below 7040 were disqualified then the practice of using those frequencies would cease. In the contests if the 40m ssb band is too busy then you can always operate another band (well...)

Anonymous on 2004-05-22
From GW4ALG:
I think that cancelling SSB events on 40 m would be a great pity - because most SSB contesters already keep off the CW-only and data segments. All we really need is for the contest organisers to lead the way and demonstrate respect for the IARU bandplans. Inclusion of a clause like the one suggested on this discussion group by Mike VK4DX (2004-03-31) would, I feel, be an excellent place to start.
Regards to all, Steve GW4ALG.

4L5A on 2004-05-22
I just mean activity during big SSB contests because many of good CW operator are good SSB operator also and they are interesting in SSB contests also and thats reduce activity on CW
Same situation is when CW contest is going on
You know on the same time problem is that 40 m phone band is just for about 20 European station and thats it
Even if we will add all CW portion of the band its make lets say 30 station and thats not much you know
In contest we have much more station in CW situation is really different you can have 100s station there
I dont have answer what to do
Like I mention before in some countries there is no band plan in other they are have band plan and etc
I think best way if we will dont qrm each other thats best and other way might be to cancel SSB contests on 40m before we will dont get more frequancies
73 Al 4L5A/D4B

K8NQC on 2004-05-21
I think we should revisit the band plan. Very little of the 40 meter segment available to NA but not Europe is used for CW and NONE of the shared frequency is for SSB. When the SSB demand is high below 7050, why do we not move much of the CW up above 7100, maybe into the old Novice band. That ought to give some balance with minimal conflict. I just noticed that I am listed as anonymous. Sorry, this is Bill, K8NQC

Anonymous on 2004-05-20
From GW4ALG:
I disagree that there is not much CW activity on 40m. Listen any evening, and you will hear several CW QSOs taking place within the space used by a single SSB channel. Judging by the comments below, a large number of ops feel that protection of the CW-only segment is a worthy cause. It is only a minority of SSB contesters who are out of step with everyone else; but these few contesters cause a big amount of QRM for many experimenters.
Regards to all, Steve GW4ALG.

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