|[AMRadio] "AM Ghetto"|
ranickel at comcast.net
Fri Nov 8 10:39:24 EST 2013
On 11/8/2013 7:11 AM, Steve WA1QIX wrote:
> Yes, we can go anywhere, etc. etc. etc., but sometimes reality
> suggests a different course of action.
That's perfectly said, Steve. While AM operation is one of my
favorite modes, I unfortunately find myself frustrated by AMers while
trying to enjoy another of my favorites - HF Pack operation. I firmly
believe that "share the band" applies to everyone, and sometimes that
means making a choice that respects other modes and users.
Case in point is AM operation on 7295, which falls smack on top of the
long-standing HF Pack calling frequency of 7296 USB. 40 meters is a
pretty good band if you're lugging a military manpack or QRP rig to some
remote location, and being PW and battery powered with a compromise
antenna, it's a big plus to have a designated calling frequency. The
most egregious source of frustration is an AM daytime net that fires up
on 7295 regardless (and then gripes about slopbuckets!)
I'm not trying to start a range war over the top end of 40 meters, but
only want to underscore QIX's comments. Just because we "can" doesn't
mean we "should". In my case, it would be a great example of
traditional ham spirit if my AM brothers were to decide to steer clear
of 7295. Not because some band-plan says so, but because it would be a
courtesy to do so.
Spreading out the AM activity would also increase the chance of positive
exposure to new operators, in my view. And having a little more elbow
room on either side will allow us to crank open the selectivity another
notch and sit back and enjoy that push-pull audio ;-) But I also
appreciate having the "AM Window" where my little QRP AM contraptions
are far more likely to be heard. Thus my vote is "both of the above".
73, Bob W9RAN
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