An Open Letter...

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by AD8DT, Mar 12, 2018.

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  1. AD8DT

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    ... to the two or three (unidentified) station operators who QRMed and then totally disrupted the North American Traffic and Awards Net on 3.835 MHz at approximately 0010 UTC on March 11, 2018:

    Congratulations on providing the worst possible example of Amateur Radio operating procedures, and leaving a lasting negative impression on the 30 or so station operators participating in the net, some of whom were new and inexperienced operators.

    A refresher on FCC regulations and accepted Amateur Radio operating practice seems to be in order, even though you were obviously experienced operators.

    1) Standard procedure, before starting a QSO, is to first listen on the frequency you wish to use. Provided you hear nothing, the next step is to ask, on air, if the frequency is in use. If you hear a reply, the proper procedure is to QSY to another frequency and begin the process again. "A net? Not gonna happen here" is NOT an acceptable response to "The frequency is in use.", followed by a station ID. Continuation of your QSO on the same frequency is a violation of FCC Part 97 regulations and acceptable Amateur Radio Practice.

    2) As you well know, no station or group "owns" any particular frequency at any given time. Frequencies are used on a first-come, first-served basis, except in the unique circumstances of a bona fide emergency. Your regular rag-chew does not qualify.

    3) Had you identified your station(s), you would have been reported to the FCC for the violations. You did not, and therefore avoided any disciplinary action, including possible license revocation, which you so richly deserve.

    Be aware that this frequency will be monitored daily at and around the time of the violation and any further violation reported to the FCC.

    David Thorpe, W8WMM
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  2. K1TGX

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    David I sympathize with your experience. Hopefully you feel better after posting this. The problem is (I would hope) the people reading this here on QRZ weren't the problem. Those that are the problem don't care what you say and aren't reading it.
    I am sure it sucks big time to try to do something you feel is positive in nature and have someone who feels inadequate try to ruin it. Ham radio is not immune from the atmosphere we live in today. I'm really do feel bad that you had to go through it but remember it only takes a couple of jerks to ruin it for many. The vast majority of hams either are ambivalent to nets or just don't care.
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  3. K0MB

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    Various forms of bad behavior can be found all over the ham bands, but deliberate obstruction/interference is the most puzzling to me. What goes on in the heads of these people?
  4. WB2WIK

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    "National Tune-Up Frequency?"
  5. W3WN

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    You have my sympathies.

    Odds are that the miscreants who did this don’t read this forum.

    And unfortunately, the FCC is more concerned these days with catching unlicensed FM broadcasters than going after miscreants like this.

    So, if I may humbly recommend two things:

    1. Do not acknowledge the miscreants (I know we can call them a lot of other things, but I’m keeping the language polite) on the air in any way. Amongst other things, they are trying to draw attention to themselves. If they are ignored, they will eventually give up.
    2. Continue to report them to the FCC. Who knows, one day, it might do some good. But DON’T retaliate. That’s part of item 1 above.
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  6. K5MIL

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    Absolutely nothing, their heads are empty. This is what happens when CB types can get a ham license because the test are so easy.

    Bill - K5MIL
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  7. W4NNF

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    I'm sorry this happened to you. Remember, of course, that the vagaries of propagation mean the "offenders" may not have heard you. Yes, I know this is a well-known net...but...honestly, if you'd asked me what the frequency of this net is, much less the time it meets, I sure couldn't have told you that. It is good practice and simple courtesy to enquire "QRL?" before using a frequency. And, yes, the rule is "first come first served." If you were on their frequency first, too bad for them...and vice-versa. Although in the latter case, my policy is to move if a well-established net is coming on the air on a frequency despite me and my buddy having been there for a while. Especially if they ask us politely if we'd mind QSYing a bit.

    That is the key these days. The FCC is rather unlikely to do anything about this...and getting into it with the QRMing station usually just makes things worse. The old Amateur's Code still makes plenty of sense, and the first statement in it, "The Amateur is Gentlemanly," sure as heck does.
  8. ND6M

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    "QRL" on phone............................ Really?
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  9. KB4QAA

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    Same sorts of disturbed people who troll the internet. Formal psych study report:

    Pyschology Today, September 18, 2014: "Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths and Sadists"
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  10. W4NNF

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    It doesn't have much to do with CBers or former CBers. This sort of on-air behavior was around long before CB became a big deal. And it's going to be around long after the last CBer or former CBer goes to his reward (or lack thereof ;) ). It's just "people." People do stupid stuff for various reasons...including that they haven't been raised right...they've consumed too much Milwaukee's Best....they had a bad day...they've gotten into it with a particular station before...and, alas, because some people are just as mean as snakes--especially when they can remain at least semi anonymous. ;)
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