Hi Mike (and others interested in this thread)
I heard the debacle this morning on 7032 KHz± and was among the mess trying to get my report being sent to me by Jure S57XX/P and OK1XGL/P (apologies - Ops name not known). I would say there are various reasons for it. People “walking before they can run” on CW and desperate not to miss out on points, people not hearing the activator properly and wading in, and a general need for people to sharpen up their act. A good trick if your are struggling for one reason or another is to wait 5-10 mins and then wade in again. Something I do regularly. Yes, you miss out on an occasional QSO when the Op QRTs early for whatever reason, but it saves making a complete Plonker of yourself and getting a reputation, and yes we all make the occasional mistake due to our enthusiasm!
Sending your call once is OK providing everyone else does the same, if I do this and it’s busy I usually have to ask for a repeat as I get the report but don’t know who the activator is going back to. That’s happens almost on a daily basis these days and several times in a day if it’s very active day like today! More often than not I send the call twice, sometimes once if the activator is strong enough to be heard with two 250 Hz filters over the alligators. Fortunately some of these op’s don’t have good filtering and call slightly off the QRG anyway - that helps! Maybe I should not have said that as they may go out and buy some good crystals filters and make the situation even worse.
If I do get on 40m CW next week with GT7OOO/P don’t be surprised if I work split and listen up 1 KHz± to help thin out the melee if there is no other way!
I don’t activate much but I usually make a mental note of alligators as I am working through the chasers and then call them right at the end of the activation myself. Often they aren’t there then or they can’t hear me!
73 Phil G4OBK
(GT7OOO/P in GD Isle of Man next week)
PS OK now Reg - I hit the enter key before I had penned the message!