I tried and I tried…..

It was not addressed to me....this time!!!
This evening I was on the radio and 9K2MU from Kuwait was BOOMING IN...never had that happen before. It was 20m at 14.025.008 CW around 23:05 UTC. I was reading on the spots that he was "as deaf as a doornail" Well when he was booming into my QTH he was answering lots of calls and the pileup
Just not meant to be today.
was fairly large to boot. Maybe there are those out there who think if they are not heard then the DX station
is just simply deaf.  Just as fast as he came in.... he was gone and just replaced with static at 23:15!! Did I make the contact....NO.... but I gave it may best effort and  it was not my time. This is what I love about ham radio it's the surprises that help sharpen your skills but at the same you understand that you have so much more to learn.......it just never becomes boring!!!
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

6 Responses to “I tried and I tried…..”

  • Cliff Fox KU4GW:

    Mike, some hams think exactly what you said, but it’s all got to do with the propagation! Just because you hear someone booming in doesn’t mean that he has the same great conditions on the other side of the Earth! I’m with you on the reason you like ham radio so well. I like to look at it like I’m going fishing for the elusive big one and the whole world is my fish pond! If there wasn’t a challenge to it, how much fun would it be? Anyone can shoot fish in a barrel! Thanks for the great article Mike! Wish I’d been on at the time because I still haven’t worked Kuwait yet!

    Very 73 de Cliff KU4GW

  • Peter ZL1PWD:

    9K is very easy from here at about 02-04Z with Abdallah usually on 14.200 and the Arabian Knights Net is on at 06:0Z (I think)

    vry 73 to all

    Peter ZL1PWD

    PS: 9k2GS is on 14.200 right now at 04:00Z

  • Mike Ve3wdm:

    Good morning Cliff, it’s true the excitement of ham radio radio sure is cool, Kuwait was not on last night as a matter of fact the bands up this way were a bit slow last night. I did look up Kuwait and to my surprise it’s not a DXCC for the diamond award the ARRL is offering.
    Have a good week Cliff and thanks for dropping by and commenting.
    Mike

  • Mike Ve3wdm:

    Good morning Peter, yes I guess down under where you are lots of QTH’s that are very rare for use are everyday for you. The bands last night up this way were not busy at all. Thanks for taking the time to read the blog and placing a comment.
    Mike

  • Garth, KF7ATL:

    I’m fairly new to Dxing. The same thing happened to me the other day. A station from Ukraine was coming in 559 on 15m. That would have been a new one for me. Fifteen is usually a good band for me but this fellow couldn’t hear me well enough to even copy my call. Sometimes propagation is like that. It’s all part of the game, and you take the good with the bad. It’s what makes ham radio an exciting challenge. If they were all easy it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun!

  • Mike Ve3wdm:

    Good morning Garth, yes it’s true ham radio is not like picking up the phone and making a long distance phone call.

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