After doing a few CW activations now, where nearly all of my QSOs there are with stations in Europe or North America, I have noticed several things.
- It is better if calling stations send their call sign twice. I know a few people have requested elsewhere that the call sign should be sent once, but there often is QSB and this can take out one or two characters of the call sign - I simply can’t hear it. When the call sign is sent twice, I have a better chance of putting it together.
Sometimes QSB is really bad - I can have 5 characters of a 6 character call, ask for a resend, get to the critical character and QSB takes it out again! Such is life.
- Also, working eager chasers really will work so much better if stations that cannot hear me do not call. It really does waste everybody’s time if I respond to a station calling, but they can’t hear me. It takes some time to work out that they are just calling into the air, calling simply because they hear activity, or because of a SOTA spot - it really is essential to be able to hear the DX station before calling. Also, what tends to be the case is that this station might have a really strong signal which takes out everyone else - 500Hz filters are still fairly broad in these situations!
I don’t want to get on the soapbox too much, but this might really help to get those VK/Euro sessions working smoother. Time is of the essence up on summit with my little QRP signal and the band can close at any time. Also, for anyone who has been in these pileups - do you think it might be best to start on 15m and then go to 20m - also 30m can work, I got a QSO there yesterday.
73 de Wayne VK3WAM