Please Respect the Frequencies for SSTV and QRP

Discussion in 'General Announcements' started by CT2KFQ, Mar 25, 2020.

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  1. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's just a 'watering hole'. In my opinion, if there's nobody at the watering hole, go ahead and drink! The problems start when those Alligators and Snapping Turtles crawl up out the mud and nip at your leg.
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  2. WQ4G

    WQ4G Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maybe this is where the CB term "Got yer ears on?" came from... Gators and Snappers are always hang'in around the watering holes and they don't have any ears.

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  3. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page

    It used to be a good frequency back when DX below 14,200 listened up for US callers:D:rolleyes:
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  4. KY1K

    KY1K Ham Member QRZ Page

    Let's say someone is sending me an image. It takes up to 3 minutes, but you can't hear him. I send a response and now you can hear me, so I get blamed for QRMing you... It's best to just stay off that frequency as there is almost always someone transmitting .
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  5. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't disagree with that.

    The same is true of ANY mode on 20m though.

    I tend to listen to a frequency for several minutes before I start up or even "QRL" so for me at least, it might not tend to be a problem.
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  6. KY1K

    KY1K Ham Member QRZ Page

    SSB is probably 30 seconds before it switches people. Listening for a minute or two and you can be reasonably certain the frequency is free. SSTV is up two three minutes, plus setting up the response before you hear the other person.
    You might listen for "several minutes" but I bet the average is 10 seconds! And I might hear you "QRL" but if I respond I'll lose the image. And I don't even have a microphone attached, so the best I can do is strike a 1700hz tone.
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  7. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    I bet you're right. I regularly hear folks sending QRL on a frequency that is in use, where I can hear an ongoing QSO, and IMMEDIATELY after the QRL they begin their CQ obviously not even listening for a response to their QRL. Even when the DO get a response they seem to ignore it.

    And this on a band such as 40m where they 'should' be able to hear the on-frequency activity.

    That said, with the proliferation of man made QRM these days, maybe they don't hear anything!
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  8. G4OBB

    G4OBB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Respect to you Sir.
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  9. W7EDC

    W7EDC XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I do often hear SSB on 14.230. If I do hear an SSTV station (which are usually pretty darn loud) and the calling SSB station doesn't, I will usually tell them there is SSTV during a quick contact and they most often will QSY. So I would hope they are not trying to call CQ over a SSTV station on purpose... Wait, I guess I am by telling them so...
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  10. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page

    Consider also that many hams have very poor HF antenna systems and are as RF deaf as a rock.

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