Behavior in pileups

Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by N5CM, Feb 8, 2019.

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  1. W2AAT

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    Sometimes in a pileup you will hear a guy make a phone contact with the dx station, sign and then start calling the dx station using his buddy's call! So much for honor amongst dx hunters.

    Ever notice how crazy the dx hunters get when a dx station is called by a friend and they grab a few minutes to chat...
  2. WF4W

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    i dont mind if they're friends. It's the non-friends who break the pileup just to say "Worked you yesterday and the day before too. Just wanted to let you know you sound good again today!"
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  3. W7DCM

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    Over the weekend I heard a Brazilian dealing with a pileup. In spite of him saying (for example) "the whiskey tango station only" on more than one occasion, he would get calls from other stations. And I'm thinking, why would this station want to be on the air with this kind of reception?
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  4. K1TGX

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    As a matter of fact, in almost 60 years of dxing, I've never heard that happen.
  5. W2AAT

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    I've encountered it many times in my 60+ years of hamming ... Perhaps you were too focused on your making the contact and not on the others trying to do the same;)

    Actually, there are occasions when I've made contact with a dx station and the station has several other operators listening in. He then asks you if you can hear the other station(s) and if so, he asks if I would contact them... Often the station has a strong signal and the others are running lesser power. Fun to do this...
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2019
  6. W7DCM

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    I heard an example of that yesterday.
  7. WF4W

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    hope it wasnt me! I have acquaintances down at PJ2T and an across them yesterday on 20m so chatted for a minute - - dont think PJ2 is overly rare though so doubt I caused anyone much frustration...
  8. W7DCM

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    It wasn't PJ2T. It was someone in Brazil.

    At the Southern AZ DX Association meeting this month, our speaker was someone who was down at PJ2T last November.

    You're right, PJ2T is not overly rare.
  9. W2AAT

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    With band conditions being what they are these days, any long distance contact should be considered rare and enjoyable.
  10. W7DCM

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    I've been heard joking that Texas is considered DX.
  11. NQ1B

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    Vermont is certainly seen as DX, given how popular we are when we get on HF. :)
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  12. W2AAT

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    Everyone in Vermont is either a Forest Ranger or Ski Instructor. Thus, they are never indoors long enough to operate a ham radio! :D
  13. N9SOX

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    I've heard all manner of bad behavior in pileups...

    The continuous tuner-upper.
    The yeller repeating their call over and over.
    The whistler.
    The Band Cops who interject over a QSO to try and police the frequency.
    The "UP" "UP" "UP" guy..
    The Burper, that's wonderful to hear..
    The Farter, also sounds wonderful in a headset, how'd you like to buy that used Mic here on QRZ...
    The 59'er who has to have the station repeat the call several times before they get it sorted out..
    The OM who can't hear..
    The OM who takes 30 seconds to give their call phonetically..

    I'm sure it's been going on since the dawn of Amateur Radio, nowadays people expect instant gratification when working a pileup. It just doesn't work that can try your patience. Best to walk away for a bit and come back.
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  14. W7DCM

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    I feel the need to vent about something I observed this weekend.

    An American missionary out there in DX land was ragchewing with a friend of his. He wasn't in too terribly a difficult country and he wasn't trying to work a pileup or even to get one going. He was talking to someone he obviously knew from his hometown, and the conversation was ongoing.

    Throughout this, several calls of "this is Wx(LID) standing by!" "Kx(SOB)!" and the like......while the QSO was in progress.

    Cheese Louise, that country is NOT way up there in the "most wanted" and is in no danger of getting there.

    Man is evolving into ape................
  15. K1VSK

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    Compared with some antics, what you describe seems rather polite. Regardless, dropping a call sign isn’t anything new and has been a dubious practice since the AM days. Our evolution is progressing satisfactorily.

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