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Author Topic: Contest free zones?  (Read 2357 times)
N4NYY
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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2013, 03:53:07 PM »

The contest free zones are the WARC bands. Like 12, 17M, 30M. Otherwise, there is no such thing.
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N2MG
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« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2013, 05:24:59 AM »

1) There are no legal requirements for there to be contest free zones. In other words, no official agency of which I'm aware has made it illegal to "contest" in any frequency band.  You can't lose your license or get fined for setting up or operating a contest "in the wrong place".
2) There has been, however, a tacit ban on contesting in the WARC bands since the bands' inception in the 80s.  It is essentially a "Gentleman's Agreement" that there be no contesting in those bands.  But there is no rule of law designating such.  It's a win-win in that contesters don't have to erect new antennas and buy new amplifiers to stay competitive, and non-contesters, well they have somewhere to hide.
3) In the past (mid-late 1990s) at least one large contest sponsor's attempt to have a contest-free zone in a non-WARC band (10 meters) apparently did not take into account the changing licensing/operating restrictions of another country and so the rule essentially locked out certain hams, who were otherwise authorized to operate, from fully participating in the contest. (I believe it was Argentinian novices who had been given a small patch to operate right in the middle of the "zone".) It was unfortunate and quickly resolved, but clearly an example of the road to hell being paved with good intentions.

Re: contest style QSO
While the WARC bands are contest-free, they are not pile-up or "run" free however. ;-)

Mike N2MG
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