I just wanted to say a big thanks to the couple of you I did get in the log, the band condx for me were not very good the qsb was bad I would hear quite a few stations very briefly then nothing for a few minutes finally after getting my 4 on CW I called it quits.
I did receive 2 emails about stations calling and I will work you guys next time and hopefully it works out better.
You guys are awesome that chase and I’m so thankful for your patience with me decoding you rock.
Well at least it wasn’t blowing snow !! Hihi. Nice pics!!
Jessie, Next time, pick something other than 14.060 MHz because there was a lot of activity on that particular spot today. The band conditions were crazy with long skip. I heard EU stations and also some stateside QRP stations ALL calling CQ exactly on the same spot (QRP calling frequency) at one time and nobody could hear you in that mix. Hihi.
Thanks for the effort, glad we finally connected. Stay well & 73! Mike, WB2FUV
It’s much harder to know that the station calling you in North America is on a summit as few portable stations append /P to the call. As soon as you hear /P in Europe when you are activating then it’s a pretty good sign that station is also on a summt.
It seems to be nothing more than the custom and practice of NA hams vs European hams. I can’t comment on Asian/VK/NZ hams as I’ve not studied what they tend to do.
Not sending /P would save time but as I have it in a keyer memory I simply hit the button and let the keyer do its stuff. I’ve said before that when I send QRZ? and get hit with several calls at once, the /P on a weak caller stands out and I think helps them get an S2S more easily.
Off the top of my head, I think we’re supposed to add the /P if we’re anywhere other than the address on our licence.
I do… except when I forget! Which has happened. Many SOTA ops do, but not all.
I stand to be corrected on all this, by the way.
Oh, and I’m talking about phone operation - not CW. We usually say it as “VK2STG portable” Not sure if that’s relevant .
I’m sure its in the regulations here in Canada somewhere I just can’t find it but I know that nobody uses it from what I have seen in the last year of being licensed, I have however seen American Operators using their call with a /VE6 or the prefix for whatever province they are in after their call
I could write a long one here about keeping things succinct
rst and move one
decades ago before WW II the American FCC issued a separate call for portable operation, That stopped after WW II
we in USA do not need to add anything but our call
no appendages needed or required
CQ SOTA does it
Maybe when you’ve done a few activations and have sat in the wild wind, rain and cold listening to 4 or 5 stations all perfectly netted on top of each other all sending their calls at the same time because they want the QSO, you’ll see that the one sending /P on the end of the call stands out like a pregnant pole-vaulter and is most likely going to be an S2S QSO and possibly a complete. Otherwise there really would be no point to use all up that extra wrist energy.