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Well finally I got my amplifier back and it's all hooked up again. Strangely it seems to be working better than ever did before which makes me think it had a fault from the very start.

For the last few days the bands have been pretty flat and I've not heard an awful lot of distant stations, quite a few Europeans and Russians so I suppose we still somebody to talk to. Yesterday I did manage to work S9DX, J79UN and HP1XX which was good.

Now I'm not one to moan :-), however I do get a little bit fed up with some of the stations who are working a split frequency, especially on the smaller bands like 17 m. What they have got to realise is it's all very well taking up several kilohertz of the band for their operation, but other people are also using the frequency. Yesterday I was enjoying myself and I had been operating for about half an hour when I started getting people coming onto the frequency literally ordering me to move because there was a DX station working a split and I happened to be working right next to where this operation was going on. Now I know for sure that they weren't there when I started. Now I don't mind moving if it helps other people enjoy themselves, I don't like to be just one person who is causing interference. Having said this, I little politeness goes a long way and some of these guys were quite rude which didn't go down well. Anyway, after a while and Italian chap came on and was very polite which is why I then decided to move. DX station or not, we all have equal rights on the airwaves

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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


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