Time for a whinge…
Yes I heard Richard G3CWI/P today on G/LD-006 Pillar and I went back to him on 40m CW. The actions of a DL3H** station which I feel like fully naming and shaming (but won’t at the moment) wrecked the QSO and as a result I am not in Richards log. This station is either totally inept or messing things up for others on purpose, it is hard to tell, but I wish he would stay off the ham bands and find another hobby. His keying is terribly jerky and he also has big key clicks. Richard was forced to QSY from the frequency because of the actions of the DL3 and his weak back scatter signal then faded out with me after he had called me.
The other problem is on SSB where stations continue to pass on reports (QSP) so that they can be quicker into the log. They just don’t have the patience to give an operator struggling a chance of an honest QSO. Despite repeated requests in the SOTA News and on this reflector people continue to do it, as witnessed today when an OE station passed on the 54 report I received from Carolyn GW6WRW/P on GW/NW-052.
Sadly a small minority some of the time are spoiling the enjoyment and satisfaction of the vast majority of SOTA chasers and activators.
I hope Richard does manage to finish off the full set this weekend - he has a good weather forecast.
Happy Birthday Jimmy!
73 Phil G4OBK