Monday, 3 February 2014

Pileup behaviour

This last week has been interesting. Working FT5ZM for an all-time new one was great. Amsterdam Island is well situated and one F2 hop away from South Africa.

As predicted by VOACAP it is/was very easy for me to work them. The predictions showed that we should have had no problem to work them 160m through 15m, but as it turns out we have had many openings on 12m and 10m as well.

The most memorable QSO was the single CW QRP QSO I made with them on 15m using my ZS2AA call.

I worked them with 5 watts and a wet noodle. Dropped my call only once, without resorting to using the /QRP suffix. Only after they replied did I add the /QRP suffix. This was while the pileup from EU and NA was still going strong.

This clearly shows how important it is to call at the right time and to know where the DX is listening.

What is it with the unruly/bad behaviour with the stations calling?

I cannot understand why anyone would continue calling, knowing full well that the DX station is trying to work someone else. The frightening thing is that it is not the “odd” station; it seems that there are many doing the same.

I honestly think it is time that the DX expedition operators teach transgressors a lesson. I.e. work them, but do not enter them in the log. Just maybe the idiots will eventually learn to behave in an appropriate manner.

We really don’t need these LID’s spoiling our fun. I am all for a bit of competitive spirit, but blatant disregard to the instructions given is simply unacceptable.


  1. I keep hearing this idea put forward, Pierre and those who do never take into account the Law of Unintended Consequences.

    Imagine of the unruly operators didn't get logged after they were worked. This then becomes common knowledge in the DX community. What's the next step for the losers? To work the DX station while using the callsign of someone they don't like, just to prevent someone else from being logged for that contact and perhaps others...others that were worked by the actual owner of the callsign.

  2. John,

    You may have a point, but personally I think the offenders are simply being overzealous and it is highly unlikely that they would be vindictive.

    We are all guilty of “pushing the envelope” at times, but some of these transgressors really spoil it for everyone.

    There needs to be a little discipline and orderly behaviour.

    Is that too much to ask?

  3. I totally share your opinion. See what I have wrote about the ham spirit at

  4. such adventures are always the most interesting and give the most fun: D

  5. całkiem ciekawa ta historia, ciekawy jestem jak to potoczyło się dalej :)