For the love of god, QRL (the frequency is in use)! QSY (change frequency)!
This weekend the CQ WPX RTTY contest is in full swing and so, naturally, all the rule breakers and ignorant operators are out in force.
It is frustrating using low-power weak signal modes during a contest because of the overwhelming ignorance of many contest operators. You see, in most HF bands, JT65-A operating can be found at the *.076MHz range. We typically operate at or below the noise floor, so I could understand if operators do not always hear a station prior to transmitting, however, WE ARE STILL THERE!! And likely have been offering 2-way exchanges BEFORE the alligators start their lower-appendage waving.
What would help us low-power guys would be for the contest panel to penalize operators for walking on top of well established “standard” frequencies such as that of the JT65 and QRSS crowd. Add a rule which forbids conducting your contest QSO on these established frequencies and then deduct a large number of points when operators submit logs where they tried to make a contact on the forbidden frequencies (eg. 7.076-7.079 MHz to allow a single side-band width of operating room). Such a measure should wake people up – or at the very least, punish poor operating practices.
This is an opportunity to inform people as well as to encourage respectful operating practices. Too bad the contest organizers even need to be told this …