Yesterday I activated Great Rhos GW/MW-002 on 10MHz CW. Conditions were such that virtually everyone was S9 or louder. This made it extremely difficult to sort out one callsign from another. In all I managed to work 31 contacts in 35 minutes, but the process could have been much quicker had callers been more considerable. I am sure that several chasers lost out as a result.
These points have been made before, but once again my appeal is:
- Please send your callsign only once. Leave a gap before you try again if the activator does not pick up a callsign.
- Please do not net precisely, but spread out a little. It only needs a few 10s of hertz to make a difference - otherwise all the activator gets is a constant tone!
- Most importantly listen, listen, listen. If the activator is asking for a F6 to send his callsign again, it doesn’t mean that all of Europe can call.
I must admit to being disappointed by the behaviour of some. I do not expect this of SOTA chasers… maybe in another portable scheme, well it happens often. Having said that, there were a number of callsigns logged that I do not recognise as regular SOTA chasers, so it may be bad behaviour learnt elsewhere that is the problem.
73, Gerald G8CXK aka G4OIG