Interesting incident during the ARRL Phone on 15m early this morning.
Decided it was time to do some CQing. Found a completely open frequency.
(nothing but band noise) Asked whether it was in use. Response: 2 seconds
of band noise. Ask again. Again, response: 2 seconds of band noise.
Call CQ & begin running. (unfortunately not at a very good rate<g>) About
5 minutes later, a W1 shows up & starts insisting it's his frequency.
Two possible explanations:
1. He was off chasing a 2nd radio QSO & didn't listen on his run
frequency during the six seconds or so I spent trying to determine whether
it was occupied.
2. Incredibly directional antenna and no backscatter.
Moral of the story is: if you're going to be SO2R, you *must* either pay
attention to your first radio during your Radio 2 QSOs, or you *must* be
prepared to find a new run frequency. SO2R makes run frequencies scarcer;
people are getting less likely to surrender run spectrum they legitimately
believed was unoccupied.
Doug Smith W9WI
Pleasant View (Nashville), TN EM66
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