Pet Peeve RE: CW

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by K8CPA, Aug 27, 2016.

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  1. K8CPA

    K8CPA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just a peevish thing of mine. I, just now, was calling CQ here on 40. 7.038 to be exact. Someone answers me; now keep in mind, it's the summer, and I've got alot of noise here and he's down in the noise. So, I send back:


    He was a 5-lander

    Nil response. I called a few times, even said:


    Again, Nil response.

    Does it actually kill someone to send there call a few times? I love CW and all. But sometimes.... :mad:

    (Edited to reflect the proper Q-Signal - 27 years and still can't get 'em right...:rolleyes:)
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2016
  2. K8CPA

    K8CPA Ham Member QRZ Page

    FWIW, I was sending at about 15 WPM. Which quite slow for me.
  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Maybe he couldn't copy you at all either due to noise (QRN) or interference from other stations (QRM) and thought you were the one who disappeared.

    QRM is not noise. Noise is QRN. Other stations causing interference is QRM

    [edit] I notice you edited your post regarding QRM.... got it

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  4. K8CPA

    K8CPA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Oops. It wasn't man made, it was band noise. Hence it was QRN. Oopsie.:confused:;):)
  5. K8CPA

    K8CPA Ham Member QRZ Page

    it could have been, band was up and down. He seemed rather strong though. Maybe band is up and down... Still grrrr... :p
  6. K8CPA

    K8CPA Ham Member QRZ Page

    "-Chuck K8CPA - 27 years - Originally Licensed March 1989"

    and still don't know my QRM from my QRN... :D:po_O
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  7. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    It could be too that the other guy was just nervous and bailed - I recall a time or two in the 1970s as a new Novice that I did that, just because I didn't feel that I could copy well enough to maintain a contact or copy the other op.

    Hard to say.... I wouldn't worry much about it.

    Good on you for doing CW!!

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  8. KI6J

    KI6J Ham Member QRZ Page

    Peeves make lousy pets. The feral ones shouldn't be fed.
  9. AG6QR

    AG6QR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Maybe he had a power failure. Maybe his antenna fell down. Maybe propagation quickly turned sour between your location and his. Maybe his wife or girlfriend came in the room with an urgent demand. Maybe his wife AND girlfriend both came in the room together with a very urgent demand.

    Point is, there's no way of knowing why a CW station disappears suddenly. It occasionally happens. Maybe the other guy is being a jerk, but I tend to try and give a person the benefit of the doubt when I really have no idea what's going on.
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  10. N0IU

    N0IU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just don't take it personally and move on.

    But talk about your jerks.... this reminds me of one of my first CW contacts. I thought I had a decent fist but I wasn't very fast. So this guy answers my CQ and I come back to him with the obligatory UR RPT 5NN 5NN OP SCOTT SCOTT QTH NR ST LOUIS ST LOUIS HW CPY? and this guy comes back to me with SO LID. It took me awhile, but I eventually got over it!
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