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!