Hi Bonnie, You are absolutely right. The only time i really have to do some DX is on weekends but nearly always I'm confronted with the whole bands occupied by contests. This weekend, there was a RTTY contest taking all the digi bands and at least one on SSB so all my DX interests (SSB and digi) were vanished by those contests. And like you said, there are a lot of complaints abt ALE reserving one frequency per band but contests are wiping all the freqs.
Luc VE2FXL ----- Original Message ----- From: expeditionradio To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 6:32 AM Subject: [digitalradio] QSO or QRM? ...or Contest? The recent RTTY contest leads one to ponder: "Why don't we see much backlash against contests?" By orders of magnitude, contests create more QRM than any other cause on ham radio. They commonly render multiple ham bands nearly unusable for normal communications, for several days at a time. Yet, contesters creating maximum QRM are exalted as champions and Great Operators by the ham magazines and organizations. Why is a little QRM is bad, but vast and continuous QRM is wonderful? As quite an avid (and now reformed) contester myself, I'm very curious about this phenomena. 73 Bonnie VR2/KQ6XA