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ARRL QRM'ing Maritime Emergency Net WA4YBC on 7/4/12
Quote by N9HTZ
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However, last weekend, they started operating right on top of a 17M net that was in progress and refused to QSY after being asked. 17M wasn't included as a band to be used inthe contest but 17M was full of contestors.
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Really? Contesters on 17 meters? Are you sure it was hams operating in a contest, or was it something else... like DX'ers in a pileup for a rare station working split?

Don't suppose you can mention specific times, frequencies, or calls involved?


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You have cited a clear and present danger caused by ARRL contestors that must be addressed and mitigated.
With all due respect, the MMSN has been sharing 20 meters with contesters on the weekends for decades. So with all due respect to Tom Clancy, this is hardly a "clear and present danger."

Most of those contests are not sponsored by the ARRL -- only three events (ARRL DX SSB, ARRL Sweepstakes SSB, and ARRL Field Day, which is not a contest) come to mind. This isn't an "ARRL" problem.

Is MMSN so inflexible that it is unable to adopt contingency plans in the events the band is crowded? If other groups can manage this, why can't they?


Sir, with all due respect, The QRM from contestors on the 14.300 Maritime nets was either drirectly on that frequency and/or very close frequencies, that goes a bit beyond sharing the 20M band with contestors. OK, no one can be linked to dangerous situation on that weekend because of contestors...this time.


Its interesting you mention that, because a couple weeks ago a S50 station was on starting at about 1000z on 14299.5. What happened at 1100z, the 14.300 net crowd showed up, didn't ask if the frequency was in use, talked about how difficult it would be to operate the net with some "contest" station down a few hundred hertz and promptly began to start a net. Completely oblivious to the fact that someone else was there first... Glad to see that two can play that game.

Quote by N9HTZ
Since the17M OMISS net had moved from its normal 18.165 and I made no contacts in my log, I can't remember the exact frequency. I bellieve that it was 18.158 (?). However, the net started at 1900 UTC and the incidents occurred throughout the net and grew continually worse. The 17M band was literally full of contestors. However, the other fellow is claiming that I'm lying about this.


let me make it clear. There are no contesters on 17 meters. The accepted procedure is that WARC bands are off-limits. Moreover, contesters operate where other contesters are. Since NOBODY expects contest operation on that band, nobody goes there. You might have been hearing a DXpedition. You were not hearing a contest.

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