Thanks WPX RTTY contest for QRMing the bands!

Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by KP3FT, Feb 10, 2019.

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  1. KP3FT

    KP3FT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yet Another RTTY Contest. Never gets old. It's really great to have two days of massive QRM for no good reason.
  2. WG7X

    WG7X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yes, you're right! Two days of folks getting on the air, working each other and having fun? You're absolutely right: Two days is not long enough!
    AF4RK, K4OBL, KA0HCP and 3 others like this.
  3. NK7Z

    NK7Z Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Many folks enjoy RTTY as much as you enjoy whatever it is you do... Relax...
    K4OBL and WA7PRC like this.
  4. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sure, they have every right to use the bands,. BUT...

    I listen a LOT more than I transmit, and my impression is that rtty ops do not listen to a freq before they transmit. Time and again I hear a cw qso in progress destroyed, sqauashed, ended by a rtty op dropping on the freq.

    I suspect that part of the reason is the seeming anonymity of rtty operation. Unless the other op has rtty decoder set up and running they have no idea who the inconsiderate op is. (not that it might make a difference even if they did know, just my speculation)

    They seem to me to operate with impunity, not caring who they qrm.

    Say I'm wrong, but I know what I've heard.

    I'm not anti-rtty, or anti-contest at all, but I am anti-"entitled" ops that think they can just pick a freq and start "owning" a frequency where there are qsos already in progress.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019
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  5. KP3FT

    KP3FT Ham Member QRZ Page

    The issue is QRM, not RTTY itself. Etiquette goes right out the window just about every weekend. I haven't "relaxed" over this issue for 25 years... unlikely I will now.
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  6. WG7X

    WG7X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Could be worse: like my current problem. Due to the snow and wind, my antenna is literally down and out until the weather allows figuring out how to untangle the wire from the tree.

    Puerto Rico probably has problems with weather too? Kind of like that big wind that decimated the island in the recent past?

    So did you get on QRZ and complain about the hurricane?

    Of course not, for various reasons, the least of which was that ham radio is a hobby, which is something that we do if everything else is OK.

    So sit back, take a deep breath and realize that in a very short time, it will be quiet again on the bands. Very quiet. Until the next contest or other operating activity, most of which are fully advertised well before the actual event.
  7. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's quite a stretch comparing Mother Nature to inconsiderate ops!
  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Nothing like a good old "contest hate thread" to start off a cold winter Sunday.... :)

    Damn all those hams actually USING THE BANDS instead of just tuning around complaining that nobody ever gets on the air because the sun has no spots :rolleyes:

    W5BIB, KA0HCP, KS2G and 4 others like this.
  9. N4UP

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    There is a huge difference between ( 1 ) inadvertent QRM, ( 2 ) inconsiderate QRM, and ( 3 ) deliberate QRM.

    In a big contest like this one there is bound to be some inadvertent QRM, maybe even some inconsiderate QRM ( blame the op not the mode or contest ) ( and mostly not even the op, he-she may ( most likely ) not hear what you hear ).

    From what I can see ( 320 casual RTTY QSOs so far this weekend ) the RTTY players have almost completely avoided the CW and digital areas. They have mostly expanded up-band which doesn't really interfere with anyone.
  10. WG7X

    WG7X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Well, maybe... But this is “daZed” where hyperbole is not just fun, it’s a way of life!
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