Monday, 27 October 2014
A good weekend on the bands....
It was 0040 UTC before I turned on the rig and made my first contact. Friday evening contacts were on a mixture of 20m and 40m. But there was a problem, it seemed that many of the stations calling CQ were running too much power, and were transmitting far beyond what their antennas could actually hear. It was quite funny really to sit back and listen to many stations answering these guys, and have these big guns just call "CQ Contest" over and over again.....if they only knew how many stations were actually lined up to talk to them.
Saturday morning was a 10m feast!! The SSB on 10m started at 28.250 and continued, wall-to-wall non-stop to 29.190. It was so good on 10m that I did not get to 20m until very late in the day, and I did not get to 15m until Sunday morning. I shut things down at 2200 UTC on Sunday with 701 QSO's in the log, my ears just couldn't take any more noise.
I did not hear any band police over the weekend, but the idiots who like to tune up right over a QSO were out in force.
The worst behaviour I heard over the weekend was the pileup over A73A, the contest team from Qatar. I felt very sorry for the operator as the jerks trying to call him would not listen to his instructions, and continued to scream their call signs at him over top of his QSO's. Nearly all the offenders were, unfortunately, stations from the USA.
And finally, some operators still have not learned the most basic of rules when dealing with DX. Use the standard list of phonetics, not everyone understands English well. I listened in total amusement an exchange that went on 10 minutes between an American and a Latvian station. Instead of using "Whiskey Delta Bravo", the American was using "Willoughby Divorce Beans". In return WDB got back "BCN", and around and around they went. In the end the QSO wasn't completed, the Latvian gave up in frustration.
The radio in action this weekend was the FT-950 and the 80m OCF dipole. I did use the 15m vertical dipole as the 80m will not tune up on 15m. Very pleased with the equipment, everything seems to be working well.