Thu, 18 Apr 2002 8:51:42 -0500
> From: Jim Reisert AD1C <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Could someone please tell Francois to send the other stations call at both
> the BEGINNING and END of the transmission?
> 73 - Jim AD1C
This should be gospel for any rare or semi rare operation. On the right coast Francois was strong enough to get along well without doing this, but I did see enough repeats to indicate this is a problem for some. I risk of boring everyone, I repeat my admonition: The DX station should make his call longer than the those of stations calling him. And all of us calling stations should try to make our calls shorter than the DX station's transmission. Here is a time line example of simultaneous transmissions:
AA5AU AA5AU UR 599 599 AA5AU DE 3XY8A K
DE K2YG K2YG K2YG K2YG
3XY8A DE K2RAD K2RAD K2RAD K2RAD K2RAD PSE K
Even though the DX started calling someone while I was transmitting, I still can tell he is working someone, and maybe even who. K2RAD doesn't even know the DX has transmitted, so he'll probably start calling again, perhaps qrming AA5AU. There are always many stations making long calls to rare DX while the DX is working someone else. I hope that is simply because they don't hear any of the DX's transmission because their own transmission is too long.
And while encouraging activity on WARC bands is great, I question if this is fair when there are some ops calling who have not yet worked the country, and the current band is the best chance for them.
Not to hide hypocrisy, I have 3X confirmed on RTTY, and
I did work them again, but it was QRP (#202 RTTY qrp) so I don't feel too quilty.
73 no offence.