Enough to drive you batty!

I wasn’t going to post about this; but I’m sitting here and have a few moments while I wait for my daughter to call. She’s on a Girl Scout field trip to the NJ State Police Training Academy.  The girls should be back at the troop leader’s house in about an hour to 90 minutes, so I have some time to kill before going to pick her up. And I’m too tired to go downstairs and turn the rig on. Just got back from our Church’s Friday Lenten Fish Fry. I’m part of the clean up crew and there were only four of us this week, to clean up after 400 fish dinners were served. To say I am beat is an understatement.

Last night I participated in the 80 Meter QRP-L Fox hunt. The Foxes were Paul AA4XX in North Carolina and TJ WØEA in Iowa.  I was able to hear them both well, and work them both – Paul was pretty much 599 the entire evening.  TJ started out ESP but was also 599 before the night wore on too long.
They both started at 0100 UTC and were doing quite well, running the packs of baying hounds in an orderly manner.  But I felt really bad for Paul as he had to QSY a couple of times during the 90 minute session.  Why?  Because someone would start calling up a net right on top of him.  
OK, OK …… I understand that Paul was a QRP station running 5 Watts and the Net Control Station may not have heard him. But no “QRL?” – not even one?  I was there when this started, and yes, the frequency might have sounded empty to the NCS – but that is never, never, never, NEVER an excuse for ANY station to start transmitting without double checking to see if the frequency is in use.
It’s good operating practice and it’s good manners.
I was on Facebook with some of the other Hounds after the hunt and brought this up.  TJ WØEA asked me, “You’re going to blog about this, aren’t you?”  (My friends know me so well.)
My answer to him was that I didn’t plan on it as I have beaten this dead horse over and over again. But it bears repeating, even though I might be reported for harming this poor horsie.
Good operating practice and manners will only rule the day if we make it a point to make them rule the day.
There’s no excuse for being a Lid – NCS or not.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!
Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

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