[CQ-Contest] Re:"No English",Dupes
Salina Physician Anesthesia
spa at tri.net
Sat Dec 22 04:41:55 EST 2001
I hope, however, that if
> I'm ever 80 years old and decide to brave the interstate at speeds of 55 mph
> that people will merely pass me and will not try to run me off the road. =)
> Bridget, KS4YT
I always just put them in the log and find out later that maybe I made the
mistake, but here's my story. Age 62, some profound high pitch (consonant)
hearing loss from long hours on a tractor as a kid. So So contester with a
pretty good station. I don't like calling CQ in a contest as five people
answer, I can't remember 6 letter/number combos, especially if given with a
strong (non-English) accent, so I mainly S&P. But after hearing Tunisia or
other DX doing the S&P and I never get a chance to grab them, I often head
into the fray, call CQ and sweat a bunch and ask for repeats. (Unlike one
of the Caribbean station I heard last contest who just let the pile run and
then picked out 10 calls and then started over....I admire his skill).
Anyway, I'm working away about 2 a minute when this PY calls me, I answer
and he won't give me a number. Finally replies, "No English". I patiently
tried to get a number and could sense his frustration, a nervous laugh.
Someone lurking said "Give him a 1". I finally move off frequency a bit an
went on. Wish there were a way to apologize.
I had two Christmas parties in the middle of the 10M contest and ended up
with only 1366 contacts so will never be a big scorer, but like the 80 yr
old, I want to be in the fray. Just have patience at times.
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