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Posted by on in Activity on the HF Bands Today

Unfortunately ham radio showed one of its bad sides today, people shouting abuse, getting angry and just behaving extremely badly on the airwaves. Basically, S5DX are operating on a DX expedition and they always attract a lot of attention. To cut a long story short, they were using 14.210 MHz, however a 9K Kuwaiti station was also using the frequency. Now I don't know who was there first but it was quite obvious neither of them was going to move off the frequency. So then we had one station working a bunch of guys in Europe, and another station working other guys over in the USA and it turned into a complete and utter mess with people hurling abuse at the Kuwaiti station. The S5DX station had started working a split frequency listening from 14.215 to 14.440. Guys obviously started shouting on all frequencies including 14.225 which unfortunately was where the Kuwaiti station had gone so you can imagine he was less than happy about this and started creating again, quite justifiably in my opinion. Personally, I think monopolising this much frequency to work split is a little selfish and unfair on other operators who just want to have a chat, so I hope they don't make a habit of this.

There wasn't an awful lot going on today, worked a few stations in Europe, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Greece.  And I had a nice surprise when a station from Dominica came back to my call. J79HFP was only using 50 W, a small vertical antenna and was basking in the sunshine whilst operating from the beach, it's all right for some, most of us have got to put up with this horrible cold weather at the moment.

This is not what I like to hear when I switch on the radio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQd78UrkXiA

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