k4kyv at charter.net
Mon Oct 26 10:07:47 EDT 2009
For years I have heard multiple SSB groups competing with AM stations on
3875. Some members of at least one of the SSB groups regularly occupying
the frequency are also prominent well-respected AM'ers. I have no problem
with anyone using the frequency, first come, first served, regardless of
mode. Use it or lose it. But deliberately firing up on frequency when one
knows it is already in use and that the transmission will cause QRM to an
existing QSO is quite another matter.
There are similar issues with the west coast AM groups operating on 3870,
particularly when AM'ers from the east join in.
BTW the "Macaroni" net seems to have disappeared from 3872. Evidently the
group fizzled or they found a more suitable frequency.
Now that the QRN is diminishing, 3870-90 is getting more crowded and
roundtables are getting larger and more cumbersome, how about a little more
AM presence down in the vicinity of 3700? There are wide open spaces on the
lower end of 3600-3700 and some CW ops have talked about petitioning the FCC
to "return" part of their "lost" segment. Of course, they are still free to
use those frequencies any time they wish and the CW operators didn't lose a
thing with the phone band expansion.
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