A handful of times I’ve been busy answering callers when someone calls me up and starts to tell me their name - “Bob” , radio, QTH, aerial/antenna system…etc., then of course reply with…HW? expecting an answer to each item.
I try to answer very briefly (RST 559 TU 73 ) as that seems the polite thing to do
But last week after I answered by just replying with RST & TU -
The caller came back with:- “PWR ? K”
I told them.
Then they asked “ANT ?”
I told them.
Then they asked;- "QTH pse ?.
I guess replying with, " QRL with SOTA" and/or " PSE QSY"/ or “QRX later” would
go over their head.
How do you deal with this sort of thing in the early part of an activation when things are rather busy?
That’s funny nothing like a bit of extra banter on the summit HI. Aren’t you a grumpy lot.
I think you just have to weather the storm and do your best to work through it. I have had the odd time like that but very rare here in VK, not many CW ops on air who would take a chance on an extended conversation when I am activating. Bank it as CW practice and be grateful he called you, its only a hobby you know.
Ian vk5cz …
I would probably answer one question and then do as Richard G4TGJ suggests, finishing my brief over with 73 QRZ SOTA de G4OBK/P without listening too hard for the questioner to respond but listening for others who will be likely be calling me and then I would call the strongest station without further delay.
You have every right to be extremely brief in exchanges. But remember that the person on the other end has every right to ask you for a real RST, QTH and your name.
Not everyone does SOTA and there are many who want to know the performance of their stations by listening to the real RST, many who are looking for cities and others who are simply dense and heavy.
These types of operators are the exception and not the norm, so be patient and then carry on with your business.
A few times it happened to me, too - but rather towards the end of an activation, when I was already calling CQ. In such cases exchanging details about equipment or QTH is no problem.
When it should happen in the middle of a pile up I’d use his name (which he already told me) and tell my QTH (“SOTA REF DM/BW***”), maybe twice. Next, I’d try to indicate politely that this is the end of the QSO (“TNX QSO 73 AWDH/CIAO/HEJ/AHOJ/DSW/…”) and continue with the next caller.
Of course… there are still HAM who don’t know what SOTA is… who happen to be on the frequency and who hear the CQ call or the pileup and answer it. Fortunately, the number of ignorant people is decreasing.
OK - it has also happened to me that someone tried to force a smalltalk QSO on me in the pile up. I then politely send my name and as QTH: SOTA and the summit ref. and then immediately TNX QSO 73 … I usually get 73 back and the matter is closed.
In my experience it is very important
to always use SOTA in the CQ call: CQ-SOTA, CQ-SOTA,… de…
Try to keep this QSO as short as possible without being rude.
My experience is that the first caller, who is often not a frequent chaser may do this. So perhaps this only happens 1 in a 100 qso’s
First rule, be courteous. This person may be that illusive 4th contact you need tomorrow.
Second rule, this is not a contest, take a little time and answer the q’s, then move on with QRZ…
Remember this is a hobby.