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Author Topic: Contest free zones?  (Read 2356 times)
WX2S
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« on: May 27, 2013, 07:52:33 AM »

I'm working on putting together a special event, and have seen some postings about contest free zones. I think it would be a good idea to put the special event station designated frequencies in the contest free zones within the General bands. But I haven't been able to find anyone who says exactly what these zones are. Is there a list of contest free zones anywhere?

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2013, 08:10:51 AM »

Well, the Gun Free Zones have worked out so well now, haven't they? 

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WX7G
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2013, 08:14:09 AM »

I am not aware of any contest-free zones except for the WARC bands. Special event stations are welcome on those bands, 30, 17, and 12 meters. I don't know about 60 meters.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2013, 08:18:19 AM »

10, 18 and 24 MHz are contest free. For contests such as CQ WW, WPX, ARRL DX, etc the only contest free parts are those where people aren't allowed to operate e.g. SSB below 14150 for US hams. Some smaller contests have contest free zones, but during the 'biggies', there's no such animal.

The problem with QRM in the contests is not so much the contest per se but the level of activity. If the same number of operators were all rag chewing, it would be even more chaotic!
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 05:52:40 AM »

I am not aware of any contest-free zones except for the WARC bands. Special event stations are welcome on those bands, 30, 17, and 12 meters. I don't know about 60 meters.

A well run special event will NOT use the WARC bands - http://www.13colonies.info/BandsModes.htm

Twenty or more special event stations, operating simultaneously, would NOT be welcome on the WARC bands.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013, 07:12:17 AM »

Dennis and all, thank you. I am going to unabashedly steal some of the ideas, including a modified version of the band plan, from the 13 colonies event.   Grin

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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013, 07:26:37 AM »

I am not sure you need to look for contest free zones.  Just avoid the major contest weekends.  If you are not sure if the weekend you picked is good find someone to ask.
If your event is only on SSB then you can pick a major CW contest weekend and the SSB bands will be very free of contest activity. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2013, 07:36:07 AM »

The event is for National Fire Prevention Week, so I can't play with the dates. It's going to be October 6-12.

More info here: http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=2017&URL=Safety%20Information/Fire%20Prevention%20Week%202010&cookie%5Ftest=1

Fortunately, they don't seem to be any major contests that week.

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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2013, 08:09:38 AM »

This is why I have a vertical on the roof for the WARC bands, it gets warmed up every contest weekend.

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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2013, 08:29:43 AM »

I am not aware of any contest-free zones except for the WARC bands. Special event stations are welcome on those bands, 30, 17, and 12 meters. I don't know about 60 meters.

A well run special event will NOT use the WARC bands - http://www.13colonies.info/BandsModes.htm

Twenty or more special event stations, operating simultaneously, would NOT be welcome on the WARC bands.

But the FOC stations, such as W3FOC (as in First Class CW Operators Club) are making contest-style QSOs on the WARC bands. This must be good practice if the FOC is doing it!
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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2013, 12:43:46 PM »

WX7G

I take it that your tongue is superglued to your cheek!!!
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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2013, 12:46:47 PM »

I am not aware of any contest-free zones except for the WARC bands. Special event stations are welcome on those bands, 30, 17, and 12 meters. I don't know about 60 meters.

A well run special event will NOT use the WARC bands - http://www.13colonies.info/BandsModes.htm

Twenty or more special event stations, operating simultaneously, would NOT be welcome on the WARC bands.

But the FOC stations, such as W3FOC (as in First Class CW Operators Club) are making contest-style QSOs on the WARC bands. This must be good practice if the FOC is doing it!

What makes a contest style QSO?
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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2013, 01:04:28 PM »

If I'm not in the mood to deal with it, I try to find refuge in the Extra portions of the band. There is usually a little less contest traffic there.
I have never seen any reference to a "zone" in any contest rules that I have read to date, not to say that they don't exist...
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2013, 02:26:18 PM »

I have heard that 14.313 is a "Contest Free Zone"...... If you attempt to contest there, you will be Savagely ATTACKED by some of the most VILE and Unforgiving brutality that you could EVER experience HIHI !!!!!
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2013, 03:47:44 PM »

WX7G

I take it that your tongue is superglued to your cheek!!!

No, the FOC club stations are active right now on all bands. As I type this K7FOC is on 12 meters calling CQ.  By "contest style" QSO I mean they call CQ, you call them and it's 599 BK and 599 BK and they are calling CQ again. Perhaps a better term is "DX style" QSO because no information other than call sign and 599 is exchanged.
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