Have you ever been listening to something that may not be there???

Thought it was time this evening to power up the K3 and see what was on the bands. The software  I use is DXLab and it comes with a spot collector as it's called. I noticed a spot for AX7GN on 20m so I double clicked on the spot and the K3 magically was there! So here I am listening for AX7GN and yes there is a station there calling what sounded like CQ....or did I want it to be a station calling CQ? Well I hoped it was not little voices in my head talking to me. I heard nothing so I just put my call out there....and listened just maybe a little to intently. I did hear what sounded like VE? VE? By this time the APF was on the RF gain was being adjusted and the filtering narrowed.  I gave the call again at a deafening 5 watts!! Between the static and the ringing sound from the APF  I thought AX7GN was giving out what  "KINDA" sounded like my call.....or was it those voices again!! I passed along a 559 but did not hear much in return. To be honest I am not sure what the heck happened.....did I want to hear my call so bad that the static kinda sounded like VE3WDM?? For a short time I listened to the band and low and behold AX7GN was there and answering some U.S calls! I'm not going to put this one in the books as I am just not 100 percent it was just not the DX voices playing games with me. Has this ever happen to you??
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

6 Responses to “Have you ever been listening to something that may not be there???”

  • Howard KO6WL:

    I, too, heard this station today, seated at a local park in LA,CA, using my KX1 and a wire in the trees.
    It was no ghost; the ghost never heard me, though; so maybe….

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Howard, this is the fun of radio! It’s never the same and what seems to be may not be…..but then again at time it just may be!

  • rich k4tft:

    The AX prefix is Australian. It can be used 3-4 times a year to commemorate “special days” down yonder.

  • Peter ZL1PWD:

    That will have been for ANZAC Day which is the day we in Zl and VK honour our war veterans from all relevant wars since the Boer war in ZS land way back in the late 1800’s to very early 1900’s

    vry 73

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good Morning Rick, yes this call was from the island of Tasmania which was a great catch but just not sure the station was hooked at this end. Oh well the weekend is here so maybe my radio luck will be better.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Peter nice to hear from ZL land on the blog….thanks for the info regarding ANZAC day.
    Have a very nice weekend.

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