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|ARRL QRM'ing Maritime Emergency Net||WA4YBC||on 7/4/12|
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.
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.