[AMRadio] "AM Ghetto"

Steve WA1QIX wa1qix at piesky.com
Fri Nov 8 20:49:11 EST 2013

I've thought about those "no net nets"  (AKA "dead air" groups) from time 
to time....

I wonder specifically if you can claim use of a frequency if you're not 
actually using it.

If someone made a recording (or better still a spectral capture using a 
flex or similar) with proof that there was no activity on the frequency for 
some reasonable period of time - like, say, more than 10 minutes, and if 
someone then used that frequency and were told the frequency is in use, 
would it stand up???

There may be something in the rules about what constitutes "use", although 
I cannot say that I've ever seen such a thing referenced.

I remember back about 35 years ago, old Ralph W2WME called CQ on a 
frequency.  No one came back to his call.  I was just listening and doing 
some such thing or another around the shack, and about 10 minutes later, I 
fired up and just said "hallo" on the same frequency and one of the 
regulars came back to me.  Old Ralph jumped on and claimed he was using the 
frequency because he had called CQ (at least 10 minutes earlier!).  Was he 
using it or wasn't he?  I'd say not.

That event was pretty funny, because for about a year after that, a whole 
bunch of people went around mocking poor Ralph claiming they had called CQ 
there a month ago or a year ago and were still using the frequency, etc. 
etc.  every time anyone else came on.... you get the idea.  I think old 
Ralph met with an untimely demise while working on a piece of 
equipment...which is really too bad because Ralph was actually a good guy 
and pretty interesting to talk with, and it's not the sort of thing you 
wish on anyone.

At 03:31 PM 11/8/2013 -0600, you wrote:
>That's the classic case of a slopbucket "dead air" group.  Those types
>are found on 75 and 160 all the time.  They want to own a frequency
>and have people parked on "their frequency" an hour or two before "the
>gang" fire up for another evening of nothing.   The purpose is to
>stand guard.   I don't understand that mentality and the height of
>absurdity is when you have almost all of 160 free and clear but if
>they think 1880 is "their frequency" and an AM QSO starts up an hour
>before their regular time, they piss and moan to no end.
>On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 1:49 PM, W5AMI <ars.w5ami at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I remember once, but don't remember where it was, but I was on SSB.  I was
> > going to meet a friend, and asked if the freq. was in use, and some "good
> > ol' boy" told me it was and to hit the road.  I waited for 10 minutes and
> > never heard a soul.  To me, and according to the rules, it was mine to take
> > at that point.  I called my friend, and we proceeded to talk only to hear
> > the "good old boy" tell us we were interfering with a QSO.  We ignored him,
> > and just kept going.
> >
> > Bottom line is just ignore anyone that does that sort of thing.  If you
> > don't, they get their "trip", and will nag you the whole time.  Just act
> > like you don't hear them.  Those kind of people will go and find someone
> > who WILL react to their stupidity.
> >
> > Brian / w5ami
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