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Contesting Online Speak Out

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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Anonymous on 2004-04-14
You wouldn't have to work split if the NA stations operated SSB 7040 to 7100 in contests. But, of course, that would result in NA ops generating anger in their own country. So, instead, the NA ops, (and the writers of NA contest rules) think it's much better to encourage _others_ to operate outside the IARU regional bandplan. (Rather than cause trouble in your own back yard, it's much better to generate the anger somewhere else.)

Anonymous on 2004-04-13
Oh for God's sake it's only a few weekends a year. It's bad enough we have to work split!!!!

Anonymous on 2004-04-13
And it not just the CW folks that are angry. Just launch and listen with your favourite RTTY or PSK31 program during the SSB 'tests and you will seen what I mean!

Anonymous on 2004-04-13
Why do contesters go below 7040? get away from the QRM no doubt. But by doing so their QRM is in turn destroying the fun for the non contesters. Seems a very selfless act on the part of the contesters that behave this way.

Anyway isn't working around the QRM caused by fellow contesters part of the contest challenge?

Anonymous on 2004-04-12
Yes - lots of wrath.
Even if SSB contesters know nothing else, they often know something about multipliers. Here is their second lesson: If they operate SSB in the CW band, they will QRM between 4 and 7 CW QSOs - that's between 8 and 14 angry CW ops for every pig-headed SSB contester - and, potentially, another 8 to 14 new recruits to join the CW 'policemen'.

AB5XZ on 2004-04-12
I would like to see contesters clean up their SSB signals. It's one thing to transmit below 7040, but another to splatter it all over the band. No excuse for a 10khz wide signal.

Anonymous on 2004-04-12
Stay out of the bottom 25 kc with ssb or suffer the wrath as you know others know and those who don't deserve.

Anonymous on 2004-04-11
Band plans are agreed by Ham radio organising bodies and are intended to be fair for all users. There will never ever be enough space on any band for contesters, if they could use the whole band and get away with it, they would !

Anonymous on 2004-04-11
Time for a change of topic. Use a graded approach . . .

Anonymous on 2004-04-11
QRP! Oh come on! All we are talking about are a FEW days out of each year that a contest is going on and the band is loaded.
As for ssb below 7040, the rules say nothing about not being able to transmit below a given frequency.
Remember, there are also some non-contest bands for those who want to do their thing and not have to deal with a bunch of contesters. Go to the lower end of 80 during a ssb won't find any ssb activity there.
Ops should be able to use any frequency that their license allows them to use....period.
It is just a part of the hobby and we all have to deal with things that are negative to us at one time or another. We cannot always have what we want.
Just find another way to enjoy yourself; another band that is free and clear or just go do something else besides radio. You have a choice you know. Just because you cannot do what you want today does not mean that you will not be able to do it tomorrow.

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