[AMRadio] Phone band expansion

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Fri Oct 13 16:53:03 EDT 2006

.  On that subject, I can't
> understand why the Advanced hams don't go down and pass the Extra written 
> exam, especially since the code requirements have been eliminated.  My, 
> it's so easy to get on radio these days.
> Bob  W6TR

Bob, I think the General portion is the primary location because there are 
some very adept and nice General operators who, for one reason or another, 
just haven't upgraded.  Therefore, most calling frequencies or "Windows" are 
in the General portion as are most nets.  When someone starts a net or other 
group, they want maximum participation, and if it is in the Advanced or 
Extra portion of the bands, you limit the number of participants..  When I 
make a contact, I tend to freeze on frequency and not check to see if the 
other guy can move, which is silly of me.  Maybe now with the exansion, we 
will all take a second look at out operating practices.

73  Jim

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