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The contesters versus the others

Date : 31 / 07 / 2013
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

On many weekends, somewhere in the world, there's a contest with those involved gathering numbers or exchanges busily engaged in that activity.

Contests are very much a part of amateur radio, helping to improve rapid-fire operation, the overall skill level, station performance, scoring or to get new stations in the log. One thing a contester should not do is deliberately break into any non-contest QSO and demand that stations give them an exchange or number. This is particularly true when a clash occurs, like this month, which has both the WIA Remembrance Day Contest and the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.

In most instances lighthouses are happy to give out contest numbers and generally one activity helps the other, however there are a few who don't conform to this accepted practice.

The rules of radio etiquette are that no-one, nor an activity, owns a frequency or band. Care is recommended, particularly on 80-metres on the Saturday night when the local lighthouses try to contact each other. Contesters, in avoiding interference, are also mindful that they share the bands with low power portable stations.


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