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No Flex Net due to contest!    And next weekend is start of Daylight savings,   remember that the Flex Net meets or tries to meet every weekend at 2 PM Eastern,  1 PM Central ,(that's 11 AM for you left coasters)   local times not GMT (but that will be 1800Z)   on 14.329 MHz .     But you can also see the podcast  on     http://original.livestream.com/wa5qpz  
Listen and checking via EchoLink,   Node 79336 or WA5QPZ
and also on  CQ100 via  http://qsonet.com/   at 14.329   also
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Dudley - WA5QPZ

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KF4HR

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I would like to see contesting activities limited to a portion of each contesting band, so other activities could [also] take place. 
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Mark K1LSB

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..unless other bands are dead..
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KF4HR

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Each to their own, but HF Contesting bores me to tears, so yes, I do shift to the non-contest bands during contests, but many times they're dead at night.

I'd like to see all contesting moved to 50mhz and above (Terrestrial, MS, EME, etc).  Create real challenges and more activity on the higher frequencies.
 
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Contesting is a multifaceted game. There are many events above 50MHz. In fact, ARRL alone has three major VHF contests per year. 
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Bob N0IS

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Ralph P.,

The contest was a SSB contest.  And the problem with you using the other portion of the bands was what?  CW?  Phase Shift Keying? ATV? Many Joe Taylor Digital modes. AM. RTTY.  Seems to me that there was a lot of unused low band amateur frequencies available over the weekend.

Bob, N0IS  

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I tried to get on the digital modes (20 meters)--- there was contesters above me, below me, under me and on top of me. I shut the rig off, when outside and played with the cows and sheep for the rest of the weekend.
 
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Wayne

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Just move nets to non contest bands its simple.
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Dudley - WA5QPZ

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Problem is there is not suppose to be nets there either..  
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Larry Williamson

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There is a OMISS worked all states net on
17m 1900z ---> 18.158 MHz (+/- 7 kHz)Sat & Sun *
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Bob N0IS

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Dudley,

Seems like your the only guy here that knows the rules.

Bob, N0IS

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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Had fun in the contest. SOAB Unlimited LP. Flex has my PGXL for upgrades as noted in the last update from Gerald so I ran as LP. Hopefully I'll see y'all on the net next week.

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"The contest was a SSB contest.  And the problem with you using the other portion of the bands was what?"

Bob, please note the title of this post.  Not to mention every other Net and other on-the-air activity that becomes cancelled (or is interfered with), due to contesting.  As popular as Contesting is, it's still the minority of hams who engage in this activity, while the majority have to deal with the chaos.

While I don't like HF contesting, I'm not against it.  But I do think the activity could be better managed by limiting contesting to certain band segments, so other on-the-air activities need not be cancelled.  Limiting contest frequencies would also provide more of a challenge to those that enjoy engaging in Contesting.
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Understood, but the tendency is for contesters to spread right across the band. Maybe I'll post waterfall screen shot of the phenomenon, you may be surprised. When this happens there is nowhere to QSY to. There is simply no alternative other than to switch off. 73.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Contest sponsors are now disqualifying entries that do that. So the contest preferred segments have to be adhered to. DARC is enforcing it for the WAE contest I know.

See also the rules for UKEI DX contest - 

http://www.ukeicc.com/which-contest/uk-ei-dx-contest-rules

Contest-preferred segments must be observed - on 80m and 20m these are  :  CW   3510-3560 kHz, 14000-14060 kHz                                                                                                                                     SSB   3600-3650 kHz, 3700-3800 kHz, 14125-14300 kHz.
So UKEI, IRTS and RSGB are also enforcing it. This may be a recent thing, but I have seen it. In the WAE SSB contest (which I won) I looked at my waterfall and saw nothing outside the preferred segments. 
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maybe N1MM+ can include those band segments in their band map display and not show DX not in those segments?
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Paul

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I will be interesting to see the effect of enforcing the segments. Hopefully it will gain momentum.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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I think it's a good compromise for smaller contests. For the majors, I don't think it can be done, but those are only a few weekends per year anyway.
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Rory - N6OIL

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I'll say this if your not a contester but love to chase DXCC what a great way to grab some fills. Yes, you might have to fight a pileup, but if it were easy everyone would do it. I made a whopping 6 contacts this last weekend to grab some countries that I didn't have in my logs plus my weekend was super busy so no time to play.