As a HAM I like scouting because it encourages a free investigative independent spirit. A bit like HAM spirit. That is why Stalin and all commies after him abandoned scouting and replaced it with their own communist youth organization.
The commies never had JOTA and never liked it either so a contest was created to torment these scouts, preventing them the opportunity to meet and get an interest in HAM radio.
After the communist block tumbled down scouts worldwide hoped the cold contest war was over but because of DARC radio-league-politics the Y2-Contest was renamed WAG-Contest. A competing German radio-league never emerged but the contest QRM stayed and increased every year.
Only recently contest free zones where established.
|Band||CW (morse)||SSB (phone)|
|80 meter||3.560 - 3.800 kHz||3.650 – 3.700 kHz|
|40 meter||7.040 - 7.200 kHz||7.080 – 7.140 kHz|
|20 meter||14.060 - 14.350 kHz||14.100 – 14.125 kHz |
14.280 – 14.350 kHz
|15 meter||21.350 – 21.450 kHz|
|10 meter||28.225 – 28.400 kHz|
It did not help much. Contesters did not seem to mind these rules. Something to do with the logs they hinted.
You might remember the third Saturday evening in October where all open bands are filled with contest stations. The contest stations are top of the bill with kilowatts and super sets. The scouts mostly have to do with dipoles in trees so very often the JOTA was over.
And it got worse. Far worse.
Somehow Stalin was still spooking around in the heads of DARC radio-league officials as since 2011 they ran a beginners contest for starters and old timers (Slow CW speed, etc.) during the JOTA. This contest is not restricted by the contest free zones. (Aargh!) So now we have two contest during the JOTA.
I say: Disqualify the commie bastards. And you can do that.
If you hear any contest activity in the contest free zones during the JOTA which is the third weekend of October report the abuse to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The abuse report must consist of:
- Call-sign of the WAG contester
- Stations worked with UTC, both signal reports and serial number.
- Make sure to send the worked stations also.
WAG contester: PA1XYZ
Was working on 40m outside WAG frequencies the next stations:
UTC CALL RST-out RST-in
10:53 DC3SW 59/056 59/P-15
10:54 DJ4MJ 59/057 59/R-34
10:57 DL6HAK 59/058 59/Z-10
10:57 DK4ZZ 59/059 59/B-04
10:58 DM2CF 59/060 59/S-56
10:59 DK2WL 59/061 59/S-34
10:59 DK3WN 59/062 59/Z-21
10:59 DK4UX/m 59/063 59/A-45etc.
Abuse reports send in during the JOTA will be handled swiftly and disqualification is the promised action. Maybe these WAG contesters will stop their fraudulent transmissions there and then once they figure out they will not be on the score list that year anyway.
Maybe that is the time for them to sit down and realize that the third weekend of October is the only weekend in the whole year that young, energetic, free minded scouts can be interested in HAM radio. Those young people is what we need in our radio hobby, not an antique Communist scam to terrorize individual freedom and independence called WAG-Contest.