I just looked at the rules of this contest - specifically regarding WHERE in the bands the contest stations should operate.
VERY WEAK statement in the rules states “Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged.” ENCOURAGED???!!! - that’s carte blanche for the over 30,000 stations worldwide (apparently) to splatter from one end of the band to the other in all countries EXCEPT countries such as the US and Germany, where the bandplan is actually law. (as in, in the case of the way I read the licence in Germany, you can be prosecuted for operating outside of the bandplan).
The organisers of the Worked all Germany contest (last weekend) actually take action against those not operating within their defined contest sections of the bands. It would be good if more contest organisers stepped up to their responsibilities and followed the WAG lead.
Hmm, probably not the best day to pick to go out and do some antenna testing with only 20w, but that’s what I’m planning for early Saturday morning. - Wish me luck!