I am a Net Control Station (NCS) for MMSN.ORG. Even if we are not on-air, we patrol the net for illegal operators.
I operate out of Kansas and I am heard 5-9 almost around the world.
We get a lot of Operators, Tuners, Wizzers, etc. trying to disrupt the band.
We not only have NCS operators monitoring, but many of our fans are also on there listening and they are not as nice as I was.
When I am about to transmit, I also ask 5 times, loud and proud, before I transmit. That’s just a rule of being a good operator. We have two ears and one mouth. Use them in that proportion. Listen, Listen,…then Listen again. If someone says it is in use, take a hint.
I have a YouTube video that I talk about etiquette.
I see a lot of people trying to teach you HOW to be a POTA Operator. I don’t see any trying to teach you how to PREPARE for activation. I suggest watching my video.
In short: Search the Web for Nets, Contests, etc. BEFORE going out and activating.
!4.300 is off-limits. SSTV is on 14.228 to 14.332. They will eat you alive for interfering with them.
There are beacons at 14.275 and 14.335. You won’t be a problem, you just won’t get heard. You will be covered up and no one will want to call you.
I suggest you re-read Region 2 which is where we are:
14300-14350, 2700, All Modes, Global Emergency Center of Activity 14300 kHz
True, MMSN is NOT an owner of 14.300 MHz. However, we have been on it since 1968 as well as PACSEA, USGS and others. We do handle emergency traffic as well as boat watches. There are currently 2 active boat watches.
Try looking at it from your perspective: You are a POTA / SOTA / IOTA Activator and you have been using the same frequency for a long time. You activate and have been on for 4 hours. Someone steps in and walks on you.
Or, you are a First responder transmitting on emergency band. Then, someone jams you.
Yes, I understand the Operators standpoint. I don’t agree with the one supposed ITU Technician who was saying you can use it when it is vacant. We and the other First Responders are on almost 24 / 7 on 14.300 MHz.
Let me also give you this word of advice: The FCC recently fined an operator over $24,000 for interfering with a net in California that has been on-air for over 20 years. Most states have enacted FELONY fines for interfering with First Responders because some idiots have been trying to jam Fire, Police, EMT, etc. during a state-declared emergency.
I suggest you post this on any POTA / SOTA / IOTA sites you might be subscribed to.
You need to learn this also: IF you GIVE respect, you will EARN respect. IF you have respect from fellow Hams as a POTA, they will also come to your defense and protect your frequency. DISRESPECT them, and you will have their ire.
George Blake - W6BDD
ARRL A-1 Operator