In a recent thread I mentioned using the frequency 144.300MHz on SSB as a calling frequency then to QSY to another frequency after establishing contact. My explanation was because this is what a French operator had suggested after he had replied to my CQ call earlier in the week.
There was then a lengthy discussion over whether 144.300 is a calling frequency.
I said I would contact the RSGB VHF Band Manager and ask for their comment. John G4SWX has replied and with his permission here is what he has said:
“A number of years ago the concept of calling channels, sometimes called calling frequencies were removed from the IARU Region 1 (includes all of Europe) and the RSGB band plans. The reason being that SSB is not really a channelised mode.
Therefore, as a centre of activity you should call CQ close to 144.300MHz and it is plain courtesy to QSY if others want to use that frequency.”
John went on to explain he tends to call CQ on 144.295 or 144.305 if they are free, or further down the band if necessary to find a clear frequency. Calling CQ on 144.300 and then staying on it risks getting a reaction from those in the UK unaware of the change in policy.
And as was raised in the original Thread the rules and customs in other countries can be different.
My plan now, if and when the delayed activation is made, will be to post a spot on say 144.295 and at the end call CQ on 144.300 for any non-SOTA operators who may be listening. For a brief SOTA QSO I’m not sure it would be necessary to QSY but if it was suggested by the other operator or things were busy I would.