Mad enough to spit nails

I was chasing Saudi Arabia on 17 Meters tonight. 7Z1HL was on the air and was working mostly W/VE stations. I boosted up the power to 90 Watts and joined in the fray. I have never worked Saudi Arabia before, so this would have been a new one.

Finally – finally he comes back to W2L? So I start sending my call several times. Can someone, for the love of Pete, please tell me why a W6 station would start calling on top of me when 7Z1HL clearly asked for “W2L?”?

I didn’t make it through, so again he sends, “W2L?”. Again, the same W6 station takes it upon himself to QRM me. Sadly, all I got for my effort was “SRI W2L? QRM NIL”. And he moved on.

Nuts! – for lack of a more appropriate sentiment.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

8 Responses to “Mad enough to spit nails”

  • Harry K7ZOV:

    Last week-end I worked a DX station. When I cleared another station was calling CQ right on top of the DX station. I managed to get the guys attention and got him to move up 5 and we talked for a few minutes. He flat out did not here the DX station, which at my qth was 10 over S9. He went back and listen and turned his antenna and NADA. The propagation Gods cut him out and made him look bad.

    I am not say this W6 did the same since it was obvious you were being called back and a complete call was trying to be heard. But some people or just jerk and idiots and others just don’t hear what others hear based on propagation. QST had a article once that was very interesting where one ham could hear the DX load and clear, but the return signal was heading a different direction… I have had similar problem and I feel you pain….

    73 Harry K7ZOV

  • David:

    Not worth the time to get upset over…part of life in the World today. I am sure you will get’em next time.

  • Peter kg5wy:

    Unfortunately, this disrespect is heard in many pileups.
    Either people were not brought up with manners or they are aggressively competitive.

  • Chris KQ2RP:

    Happens all the time. KQ2?… and others keep calling. Poor op who don’t listen abound. DX stations can help alleviate this by calling out the offending station and telling them to stop/wait. Best I ever heard was a DX phone station working a pileup who was calling a certain station VE5? and an Italian station kept calling repeatedly. He stopped and said “IK3xxx why do you choose to keep calling when I’m clearly asking for a different prefix? I have written your call down on a post-it note and stuck it to my monitor. You will not be in the log. I have plenty of post it notes. Anyone else?” Boy that made me laugh.

  • Richard KWØU:

    Very annoying, but some people are either rude or, as suggested above, just don’t hear what’s going on (and I’ve been guilty of that too). What is equally irritating, though are the number of people who ignore “he’s working split”. But, as I tell myself after missing a rare one, “That country isn’t going anywhere. It’s just radio and there’s always another day.”

  • Mike, WV2ZOW:

    Well, Larry — 7Z1HL did the right thing — didn’t acknowledge the W6. I’ve had a similar situation where the DX tries for me several times, then answers the QRMer, then finishes with a QRZ and I have to crack the pile once again.

  • Mike, N4PF:

    Some operators are simply LIDS, Larry. You had the misfortune to be bullied by one of them. Better luck next time.

  • Scott, W9MBL:

    Man, just listening to W1AW/0 (from South Dakota) pile-ups this week on 40m and 20m bands was laughable. There were plenty of operators just chanting callsigns like a mantra, not even stopping to listen.

    I always wonder if someone is clueless about how to work a DX station, clueless about the station working split, clueless about manners, or just plain clueless!

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