[AMRadio] The matter of "AM Windows"

peter markavage manualman at juno.com
Mon Sep 19 21:19:23 EDT 2005

Well, I must be mellowing. I have to agree with Paul. Constraining AM
QSO's to an imaginary window (since for the most part, only AM'ers really
acknowledge that it exists) can be counterproductive. Unless you like 6,
8, 10, 14 member roundtables,  grab the receiver tuning knob and find a
vacant spot elsewhere on the dial and then move the VFO dial there. I
have called CQ numerous times on AM, out of the imaginary window, and
have been answered by AM'ers. Many times I get answered by SSB'ers who
don't realize I'm on AM, and after telling them so, they press that AM
button their transceiver, and we have a great QSO. Some even comment that
this was the first time they tried that button. It always winds up being
an enjoyable experience for both sides and we get to spread the super
sound of AM.

Pete, wa2cwa

On Mon, 19 Sep 2005 16:55:13 -0700 (PDT) VJB <wa3vjb at yahoo.com> writes:
> Jack, W9GT has mentioned the shortcomings of having an
> "AM Window" when the benefits are not reciprocal with
> the users of other, incompatible modes.
> I've come to the conclusion that we don't do ourselves
> any favors by constraining ourselves to such windows.
> In so doing, we fail to help utilize vacant spots
> elsewhere on the dial where an AM QSO can be supported
> without causing interference.
> On the other hand, disrespectful incursions into
> established conversations can be deemed intentional
> interference. Chronic, documented cases can trigger
> enforcement by the FCC. It's not mode specific.
> But let's be positive. By moving elsewhere, we have
> opportunities for a pleasant exchange with others
> unaccustomed to "finding" AM. By inviting them to join
> such a QSO, it allows them to consider the allure of
> our nostalgic speciality.
> I've personally done this with great success on or
> about 3837Kc, the location of the Sunday AM gathering
> of the Antique Wireless Association.
> Regards,
> Paul/VJB

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