Wednesday, June 15, 2011

40M CW

                                                    40M CW

Was listening to several stations this morning, around 3:30 PDT on 40M CW, only to have their signals wiped out by RTTY stations. It wasn't so bad when they would stay up above 7.070 MHZ, but just this last couple of years, they have started dropping down between 7.030-7.040 MHZ. This morning though, they have now started to go BELOW 7.030. The lowest was around 7.026. When the hell is this going to end ? When the hell are CW ops going to get fed up with this, and start reclaiming their portion of the bands ? When I have asked about this in the past, I was told to either move, or upgrade. How frustrating is that ? What are these Extra class license holders going to do once the start dropping even lower, are they going to move as well ? I guess they aren't too worried about it for now, since it doesn't affect them as much. The problem here, is that being a General class license, i can only transmit a signal, in certain portions of each ham radio band. Sure, i COULD upgrade, but what does that solve. Just another thought, most of the RTTY and DIGITAL modes on 40M are General class or better license holders. So they SHOULD respect the band plans a bit more. They cant blame this on the influx of  CB (Citizen's Band) users that got licensed when they dropped the Morse Code requirements, since most of them stay as technicians, that do not have digital mode privileges on 40M. Very frustrating nonetheless.
 OK, that's my rant for the day. Thanks for reading this, and 73 TU