Sunday, March 3, 2013
A Time for Everything
Last night while on 30 meters, I made the rare and unusual move to "turn off" the radio. I was hearing and and on the verge of working a new station in Kuwait (9K2MU) when the dastardly deed of doing the unbelievable happened and someone spotted him on the "cluster". I have no doubt this would have been a successful contact without the interference of hundreds of stations attempting to work the same station at the same time. I could have, and almost did (he was repeating back the N8YA (missing the Z) when I was stepped upon and mashed down into the mud; never to reappear again.
I'll give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and say most operators weren't aware of my small QRP signal on the same frequency. However, I think it's safe to say, the smell of blood brought out all the sharks.
I did manage to work a station (ZF2LC) in the Cayman Islands which I've previously worked. This morning is much of the same with "beehives" on the bands. Propagation is good but it's bad for me. To me, that's a real bummer and a nail in the coffin. Perhaps the "hive" will clear and the sharks disperse as the day wears on.
Posted by Jspiker at 8:21 AM