Well Andrew, that’s a symptom of not listening which is bad operating procedure and just plain rude! Despite the bad behaviour, I decided to stick it out and try to make myself very clear as to who I was trying to work. Unfortunately it had no effect. Now years ago I could throw my rattle out of the pram on CW (yes, actually complain on air - people could read morse back then!) and get a positive response (Burnhope Seat G/NP-003 in 2010 springs to mind), but not nowadays.
In this instance, the band was wide open around Europe and beyond. I am fairly certain that I lost chasers from PA to YO… now that’s a wide range of skip distance from the UK and as Allen advised, I was getting over to VE. I’m sure most callers could hear lots of others calling and it just seemed to enflame the situation.
Normally yes, but I haven’t had a pile up like this one for ages. The behaviour of many was totally unacceptable and the worst I have experienced in SOTA in over a decade. I would not have started the thread had this just been a short lived issue.
Indeed, all 27 of them! I only gave 4 callers a report lower than 599. The noise on the frequency was amazing!
73, Gerald G8CXK aka G4OIG