“Germany Four…”

    During the last few days I have been to the Orkney Islands (EU-009) visiting friends and operating /P. Pileups were good and it was clear to hear that Orkney offers a guaranteed stream of callers keen to work you. Unknown to me at the time a station in Italy decided to record my signal on 15m SSB. What happens next is quite bewildering.

    “Germany Four” is, of course, a station based in England. It appears he has no suffix. Furthermore, a G4 would likely fit in the category of “older ham” and one who should know how to operate perhaps slightly better than, say, a newcomer to the hobby. Sadly, this clip begs to differ.

    Who is the G4 in question and can he be identified? Has he a habit of calling like this with every station he wants to work? What kind of example is it to the newly licensed operator eager to listen/operate and pick up hints and tips?

    When I first played the recording my initial reaction was did I actually work this guy? I’m glad I didn’t if this is the way he lazily calls. If you do know the operator in question, please get in touch whereby an educational course, free of charge, is offered to him. I may even be tempted to get in touch with the good folks at Contest University and offer this file for their “How not to operate properly” sound-bite archives.

    Finally, I must make mention of the excellent and very ham friendly Atlantis Lodges in the heart of Orkney. With salt water on your doorstep this is a perfect location to visit / book a holiday and play radio!

    Atlantis Lodges, Orkney. Ham Friendly with salt water at the window. Perfect for verticals and pileups!
    Atlantis Lodges, Orkney. Ham Friendly with salt water at the window. Perfect for verticals and pileups!

     

     

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