In reply to M6NJB:
In reply to MM0FMF:
As for being insensitive during QSOs and trying to gain an advantage
during pile-ups, I guess it’s human nature to stretch the etiquette
somewhat by calling late, calling multiple times, using short-form of
call signs, yelling etc; I’m sure we’ve all fallen into this trap from
time to time. Patience is a virtue!
Hi Nick, well I have a policy of listening to a pile up and deciding whether, I’ll get through it or not. I see no mileage in sitting in a pile-up for an hour only to hear the station say he’s going QRT.
Don’t ask me how to explain it, but I sort of listen to either side of the pile-up and work out if I can beat the other stations in or not. If I think I’m wasting my time, I may pull out a couple of calls, then simply pass. It works for me. Yesterday for instance, I spent a few hours on the 12m band and worked EX8, DU, 3B8, LU, 5V, CN, VE, PY, PU, NP3 and TO2FH on the Island of Mayotte, all with 50 Watts and a CB antenna. All but a couple were big pile-ups, however, I had no problem working any of them.
Another thing worth trying, find somewhere clear on one of the higher frequencies and put out a CQ. Be patient and you’ll be amazed what you’ll work when the bands are open. I’ve worked Bob VP8LP in the Falklands about 8 times and he’s always come back to my CQ and we’ve had a rag-chew for up to 25 minutes. You try working him in one of his pile-ups!
Perhaps if I achieve my 2E0… I’ll be first in the queue anyway!
Stick with it, Nick. The instruction books are there to help you. Remember, at the end of the day, Amateur radio is all about experimenting… I’ve done some pretty wacky things in the last year or so, however, I’ve had some amazing results.
I still maintain that QRP is a mode in itself and deserves (another
strong word?) to be catered for in the grand scheme of things.
Otherwise, where is the challenge in AR?
Working someone who is QRP is a Damn sight more rewarding than working someone someone throwing Kilowatts at you, By all means stick QRP on the end of your callsign. To my knowledge, there are no rules against it and in my experience, DX stations love working QRP stations.