[AMRadio] "AM Ghetto"

Bry Carling bcarling at cfl.rr.com
Fri Nov 8 11:50:58 EST 2013

It doesn't make any sense to me why anybody would start a net on 7296. I guess they did not check operating practices before choosing that frequency.

Bry Carling

> On Nov 8, 2013, at 10:39 AM, Robert Nickels <ranickel at comcast.net> wrote:
>> 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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