I was up early this morning trying for ZL9HR on 40 meters. I never did get him but something happened that gave me pause.
ZL9HR was transmitting on 7030 and listening up. Callers were answering him 2-14 khz up from 7030. Then, on 7030, came a slow but strong transmission over ZL9HR that said “You are ruining QSOs 12 khz up”. And the station had the cojones to ID himself.
As a DXer, I hate to say it but I can sympathize with this guy.
There he was, well up into the band for a CW station, no doubt enjoying a QSO and all of a sudden, a horde is unleashed upon him without the courtesy of a “QRL?”. Those calling on his freq weren’t even listening there – their receivers being tuned to 7030.
If all this had taken place at 7010-7020 khz, I would say, “Tough – moved up into the non-DX portion of the CW band”.
But that’s where he was.
Could it be that we as DXers are tresspassing by operating at freqs whose split range will extend into the more casual parts of the band? And in so doing, are we giving ourselves a black eye and perhaps inviting the wrath (in the form of jamming) the we often incur?
If the justification for choosing such a high frequency on any particular band is to work US non-Extra class ops, then yes, by seeking to accomodate, we do deserve that wrath. DXers who choose to operate CW have the onus on them – not the other way around – to accomodate and not be accomodated.
Any DXpedition to a rare entity that will require a large split due to the number of expected callers should operate low in the CW sub-bands with the expectation that non-Extra class ops will then be motivated to upgrade.
Another reason for operating so far up in the band may be the fact that other DXpeditions are currently active as well. And this is the case with 5T0SP also on the air and claiming 7015 as their 40m CW freq.
I have heard overlapping pile-ups several times due to two DXpeditions operating in close proximity to each other – it ain’t pretty!
But the considerate solution lies with better band coordination between simultaneous DXpeditions, not moving up into the more casual parts of a band and unleashing the world’s kilowatts on QSOs in progress.