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WG7X
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« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2009, 07:25:03 AM »

N5CMP,

OM as pointed out before, there is no actual "Calling frequency" on ten meters. The fact that 28.4 is where most people call is simple human nature, since that is the middle of the Tech/Novice phone band.

The "gentleman's agreement" that you refer to also does not exist.

So, therefore, no problem right?

Well in fact the problem is that too many people are trying to use a single frequency and of course this will result in disputes, given the natural mule-headed-ness of the average person.

The best thing I have found is to either look in the beacon portion of ten to determine if the band is open, or if that is not an option, just monitor the .400 and listen. If you hear anything move off a bit and call CQ. No need to just sit there for hours and waste time. If the band is open, people will hear you even if you are not exactly on the "calling frequency".

73 Gary
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K3GM
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« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2009, 09:22:17 AM »

"OM as pointed out before, there is no actual "Calling frequency" on ten meters."

Actually, there is.  For 10 meters FM, the simplex calling frequency is 29.600.  Stations SHOULD but often don't move off that frequency once the contact has initiated.
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KB1LKR
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« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2009, 09:45:41 AM »

Per his QRZ profile he's a Tech in TX who operates on 10m, & 6m mostly (plus 1.25m FM), so one would suppose he's referring to 50.125 phone (and/or 50.090 CW) on 6m.
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N9DG
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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2009, 12:21:14 PM »

What so many who cling, or only listen to the call frequencies fail to recognize is that not all of the activity will appear there first. There have been numerous times where I found and worked DX on 6 or 2M SSB that was not on the call frequencies at all. And in fact nobody appeared on the call frequency at all during those brief openings (and I didn't bother calling on the "call fequency" either).
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NN4RH
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« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2009, 03:52:40 PM »

>>>Lately on ten meter's there has been a little activate and everyone is crowding on the calling frequency,Guys calling CQ cant get a word in edge wise,I guess the gentleman's agreement went out the window.Oh the new era is something else.<<<

Sheesh. If the band is that busy there's no point to having a calling frequency.


 There should be a big knob on your radio that makes it work on other frequencies. So if 28.400 is busy then it is possible to turn that knob to move off to another frequency and call CQ there.
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« Reply #20 on: July 07, 2009, 04:45:38 PM »

The idea of a calling frequency was popularized during a sunspot null, probably by folks who had not previously experienced a null.  Actually, when there's no activity on such a large band, a calling frequency is a pretty good idea, because it keeps you from having to hunt the entire band to make a contact.  

But when activity picks up, you'll find there will be standing room only on the high HF bands, so you'd best get accustomed to the idea of either looking for someone calling CQ or finding an empty place to stand.  

If the "Calling frequency" proponents persist, they're going to all be on the same frequency QRMing each other and be mightily disappointed, while the rest of the band will be filled with QSOs.

Phil C. Sr.
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WA2CWA
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« Reply #21 on: July 08, 2009, 07:40:04 PM »

Steve, WIK, said: "
There aren't any "call frequencies" on HF. There are, on VHF."

There are a number of "calling frequencies" designated in various band plans and in the "The Considerate Operator's Frequency Guide" http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/conop.pdf

On various bands, there are QRP SSB, QRP CW, and AM calling frequencies. Generally SSTV operators hang around one frequency on several bands. There's probably other specialized groups that tend to hang around one specific frequency per band.

Pete, wa2cwa
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