As a keen CW operator for a good number of years (most of them QRP) I find in recent experience operating from summits that breaking through a pile up for a summit to summit contact is quite difficult given that most shack bound chasers are running much more power. (I only run 5W portable). The usual QRP techniques are
1 Send QRP several times, does not work in these circumstances, nobody cares!
2 Wait till the pileup thins out, a potentially dangerous practice on a summit.
3 Do some other frequency, disappointing given that summit to summit contacts are generally highly prized.
What seems to be needed is a call to alert the other summit operator to the callers summit location and maybe even create a gap in the pileup. On Phone “SUMMIT TO SUMMIT” usually does the trick and on CW some use S2S but this does not stand out and is easily mistaken for SOS with potentially dangerous consequences
What would be useful is a Q code group to clarify the situation.
The obvious choice would be QSS and looking through a good number of listings it is unallocated for amateur use.
Other services use it as “I will transmit on……” followed by a frequency and in our case as the calling station should be QSYing after the contact our use would not be outside the spirit of the thing. This would also ease the pileup somewhat as some chasers would move after the QSYing station.
There are precedents for the slight change in meaning of Q codes over the years so what do people think?
QSS = Summit to summit
It may be best avoided on 5Mhz due to the peculiar nature of the allocation.
What do you think?
Sorry that neither my German or French is good enough to post in them and if international interest is there perhaps someone could do the honours. Thanks