In recent years, months and even days a heated debate has been taking place on online forums within the Australian amateur radio community. Many VK operators have been accused of abusive behavior and ridicule, leading to a contentious discussion about the use of 28.490 as a calling frequency. In this blog post, I delve into the issue, exploring its impact on the larger amateur radio culture in Australia and considering potential solutions for fostering a more positive and respectful community worldwide.
There has been an ongoing debate among amateur radio operators regarding the use of 28.490 as a calling frequency, with some operators claiming it to be internationally or domestically recognized as such. However, it’s important to note that, as amateurs, we use various bands of frequencies, some wider than others, and 28.490 is not officially recognized as a calling frequency. With the recent increase in solar activity and a more active 10-metre band, this debate has resurfaced in the community.
It’s important for hams to adhere to the internationally recognized frequency allocations and operating practices in order to maintain a safe and respectful environment for all radio operators. While new hams may not be familiar with all of the nuances of ham radio culture and practices, it is important for them to educate themselves and learn from more experienced hams. Policing and shaming others is not an effective way to promote a positive ham radio culture.
Instead, hams can work to educate their fellow operators and encourage adherence to proper operating practices in a positive and constructive manner. This can include sharing resources and information, encouraging good behavior, and modeling positive conduct in their own operations.
It’s also important to remember that ham radio is a global community, and the practices and frequencies used in one country may differ from those used in another. Hams should make an effort to educate themselves about international practices and customs, and be respectful of their fellow operators regardless of their country of origin.
With this said the behaviour and conduct of some hams in recent times in VK is nothing short of disgusting. There is no calling frequency recognised in VK or abroad. However if you wish to use 28.490 there is no ruling to say that you can’t just do it with respect and courtesy as you should on any of the bands. Check if the frequency is occupied, if nothing heard than its yours to call CQ. It’s time VK hams put their big boy pants on find a frequency in the enormous 10-metre band call there and make contacts, you will be somewhat surprised what you can pick up on other frequencies. I know there will be a lot of backlash to this post but its reality and some need to get out of this fairyland CB mentality and start acting like grown men in a common hobby.