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Author Topic: question about freq use  (Read 621 times)
CHARLESPG
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« on: November 19, 2007, 03:10:57 PM »

Question

arn't there rules against haveing exclusive use of a  frequncy?

Went over to 14.300 at 3:50 EST

waited and listened for a minute before calling CQ
and then was told to get off the net because the freq was in use.

The marine mobile net as they call themselves
are on this freq allmost all day
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AA4PB
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2007, 03:57:00 PM »

14.300 is in use most of the day by the Intercontinental net, the Maritime Mobile Service net, and the Coast Guard net. The regs say that you don't have the exclusive right to a frequency but there is no limit on how long you can use it once you start.

Look at it this way, all those stations on the nets are confined to one frequency instead of using 50 or more frequencies for individual QSOs. That leaves the rest of the frequencies for your use :-) 14.300 is not a good spot to call CQ.

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W3LK
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2007, 04:07:45 PM »

Charles:

Take a look at www.MMSN.com. This net has been responsible for assisting in and effecting marine rescues for many years. They are involved in a half dozen or so every year, including some that have made interneational headlines.

Even the international contestors tend to stay away from 14.300 as a courtesy.

73,

Lon - W3LK
Naugatuck, Connecticut
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2007, 09:28:18 AM »

14.3 is also the 'center of interest' in regions 1 and III for emergency relief activities on Amateur radio.

No, they don't 'own' the frequency but they have been using that one for so long it's become an honored custom.  You can still check in and keep in mind that they could also be of use if you need emergency assistance.
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WG7X
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2007, 03:51:28 PM »

Charles,

to quote you:

waited and listened for a minute before calling CQ
and then was told to get off the net because the freq was in use.

Did you ask if the frequency was in use? Simply waiting and not hearing anything is not sufficient. You must ask, and if the freq is in use, hopefully someone will tell you.

14.300 is a well known maritime net frequency.

73 Gary
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