The DX stations often in an attempt to control the size of a pileup by using directional call e.g. “NA up” for example. The problem is the ‘wall’ created by Europe or the Americas or Asia can be substantial, so it is quite understandable that the DX operator will make use of the directional call system.
There is however a problem with this system. The operators very seldom if ever will call “AF”. That means we here in Africa have no option, but to ignore the directional call and each and every time we stand the chance of a rebuttal or worse a NIL log entry.
I managed to work 9M4SLL Spratley Island a few moments ago on 20m CW, the operator was extremely slick and was working and using the directional call system. He did respond to me during “NA”, but I distinctly got the feeling I was on thin ice……
I would like to know from others what we are to do. Do we disobey the directional call or do we call regardless?
I see CY9M Saint Paul Island has uploaded their logs to LoTW. That is a shining example of how it should be done. Because of this I have already made a small financial donation. I do not believe the QSL system should be used to extort funds.
73, Pierre ZS6A