In reply to 2E0YYY:
As a fully fledged Pirate Captain with a flotilla of ships and a hearty band of cut-throats under my command can I object most strongly to your use of the word ‘Pirate’ to describe someone misusing your call.
This person misusing your call may just have your interests at heart and you may find out shortly that you have worked DXCC without ever making a single CQ call and you will have the QSL cards to prove it.
Joking aside paying a licence fee never effected the disinterest shown by Ofcom, The DTI, the post office or who ever had the contract at the time.
Although there are those that use fake calls I have found that most reports of spoofed calls were misheard. On several occasions I have been told my call was being used and on tuning to the frequency have found it to be someone with a similar call, but who was not too clear.
One guy a few years ago posted to various forums, Southgate ARC Newsline and in Radcom to say his call was being spoofed. He included times and frequencies of when some of these so called offences took place. I had been listening on some of these QSOs and he was mistaken. The calsign of the station he was accusing sounded like his call because of the chap’s accent and the fact that the letters were very similar.
You could be being targeted but to say “G4DKY has heard him about four times on 20m” means the only evidence is hearsay and as such is inadmissible in even in my Kangaroo Court, therefore the chances of getting Ofcom to listen are somewhere between zero and none.
The first stage would be to get a recording and then you might have a chance of proving it was a spoofer.
Not long ago during a HF contest there was a lot of confusion when a station with the call (something like, I can’t be sure) GM0MMM/P was working another station G0MMP/M for about ten minutes they were accusing each other of pirating. They had a good laugh about it and then M0MMM/P called them and it started again. Apologies to the owners of those calls if it wasn’t you.
Splice the mainbrace. Yohoho and a bottle of rum! Sixteen men on a dead man’s chest. If anyone fakes my call they will kiss the gunners daughter, 200 lashes.
Heave to and prepare to be boarded.
Captain S - GW7AAV