Today’s activation of GM/SS-015 Ben Chonzie was a special one, as it brought up “half goat” for me. We stayed a fair while and after a slow start on a not very cooperative 60m I eventually got a total of 30 contacts on 4 bands, 80/40/60/20m. Caroline meanwhile notched up another 18 on 2m and 6m.
But this isn’t an activation report; I would like some advice from more experienced HF activators on how to deal with alligators. On 20m and to a lesser extent 40m I do seem to suffer from being called repeatedly by stations (presumably responding to a spot) who plainly can’t hear me at all. Now I don’t have a problem with the odd speculative call in response to a spot - after all it’s quite possible that I’m taking a sandwich break. But I just don’t see the point of calling over and over again if the activator is not being heard well enough to get a report back.
I won’t name and shame today’s main offenders other than to say that the callsigns began with 9. One of them I eventually gave the benefit of the doubt and logged; the other didn’t go away until somebody QSPed my report; needless to say I don’t regard that as a good contact. I find it particularly annoying when these people give me a 59 report.
Of course if somebody wants to cheat by claiming a “blind” contact that’s not my problem. What is my problem is having my summit time wasted by repeatedly replying to callers who can’t hear me. What do others do about this? I don’t like ignoring repeat callers because conditions may well have improved.
Don’t get me wrong: if you are struggling to hear me, please do call. Give me an R2 or R3 report and I will know that I need to repeat the report several times. I am more than willing to persist in getting the report through. But if there is no copy at all, I see little point.