Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by K5TSK, Apr 4, 2019.
Being on a even frequency is a norm.
Being on a odd frequency is very odd.
The OCD or "control freak" aspects of being on frequencies ending by .00 or .000 should not be underestimated.
For how could otherwise someone calling an SSB CQ on some more random frequency
be accused of "being off frequency"?
Exact Frequencies to Dial to.
A lot of clubs have "watering hole" freqs (they used to be called calling freqs but that hurts feelings) Like the FISTS freqs ending in 058, SKCC has been using 1813.50, 3550.0, 7055.0, 7120.0, 10120.0, 14050.0...Etc, Etc. It's just Easier to find someone in your group, when there is an Exact freq to call on and listen to.
"It's just Easier to find someone in your group, when there is an Exact freq to call on and listen to."
Of course, it is and has been going on long before digital dials but that's not the same as day to day routine calling and answering a CQ which has nothing to do with being on an "even" frequency.
"A lot of clubs have "watering hole" freqs (they used to be called calling freqs but that hurts feelings)"
Got me with that one. "Hurt Feelings"...how so?
Probably something we're just gonna have to get used to I'm afraid.
I'm proud this thread has gotten back to CQs and frequencies. Thought for a bit we were going to have Rorschach ink blots next. Not necessarily so on the 'having to get used to it'.
Someone could start a club. Free membership. Awards for confirmed QSOs which occured on 'odd' frequencies. CW awards, SSB awards, you name it. Might have possibilities.
The worst part about it is, if there is even just a couple of hundred hz difference between two stations, the "filter between the ears" can separate them (although it is of course much more pleasant to have a QSO where there is enough frequency difference to sort it out with an acutal filter). However, when everyone is on the same frequency to within ten hz or so, it gets hard to separate everybody.
It's probably the same reason why recipes set the oven to a multiple of 25 degrees F.
Everything cooks at 350 F.
350 is in the SSB portion, I was talking CW.