Friday, March 27, 2020

Benefit of doubt - Ascension Island

I've been trying to work ZD8SC for months now. Since there are always big pile-ups I didn't contact him yet till yesterday evening. After trying to call for about an hour I finally got a free spot in the waterfall and a response. However like many times before someone else is transmiting right at my frequency when in QSO, probabely not receiving my signal. FT8 purists would say this is not a valid contact because ZD8SC didn't come back with a 73. However, we exhanged reports which a valid enough for a contact. I think I transmitted RR73 for at least 50 times after this till he transmitted ZD8SC QSY twice. I think he must have seen my RR73 but didn't want to disrupt next QSOs. I've experienced this kind of contacts a few times before and always was in the log. So I wrote Steve an e-mail if he could confirm I'm in the log. However I know internet on Ascension Island is difficult. I hope he will respond in the end anyway....till then I have logged the contact for a new one on 60m and an ATNO.


6 comments:

  1. WFWL (Work First Worry Later)
    73
    Jan
    PA4JJ

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    1. Zo denk ik er ook over Jan. Ik zag dat hij LoTW doet dus we zullen zien. Ondertussen probeer ik het nog een keer al ik hem zie...73, Bas

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  2. Very nice contact for sure!
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

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  3. When the signal reports are exchanged, that's enough! Each station clearly heard the other. The '73' is superfluous.

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  4. This is what I find frustrating about FT8! So many times I've exchanged reports with someone and then the operator is in QSO with someone else, leaving me with no 73. I guess Photon is correct - the 73 is, in reality, superfluous.

    73, Tom, M7MCQ

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    1. I agree, a exchange of signal reports is essentialy a QSO. I did send a e-mail to Steve but he didn't respond yet. I guess he gets too many e-mails :-). 73, Bas

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Thanks for your comment. Bedankt voor je reactie. 73, Bas