Hello .... my name is Larry and I am a pileup addict.
Or at least that's the way it seems lately! For the past few days, everytime I have gotten on the air and worked a station, I had to bust a pileup in order to do it. Of course, the Fox hunts are nothing but a big QRP pileup and I snared both Lee AA4GA and Johnny ACØBQ on 40 Meters last night. OK, there really wasn't much of a pileup on Lee, I have to confess - but there was for a while. By the time I was able to hear him well enough to work him, his pileup had dwindled.
But after the Fox hunts, I swung down to the low end of 40 Meters and busted the pileup to work Jim J6/W4QO, one of the QRP guys who is on DXpedition to St. Lucia. Then, I beat two pileups at lunchtime today. The first was to work another good QRP friend on St. Lucia. This time it was Jerry J6/N9AW on 17 Meters. That was a full blown pileup and Jerry was working them fast and fierce, in a manner that would make any grizzly hardened DXpedition veteran proud. And lest I slight him, Jim's performance last evening was every bit as good as Jerry's. Two top notch QRPers and all-around ops in Jim and Jerry.
See, participating in those Fox hunts DOES help! We actually learn a thing or two - not only how to navigate pileups, but also how to manage them.
Later at lunchtime, I busted a pileup to work ZD8UW on 12 Meters - Ascension Island. At 5 Watts out from my end, that came out to just a smidge more than 1000 Miles per Watt.
Working a pileup can sometimes make you want to bang your head against the wall. You're in there, sending out your call in what seems like a hopeless battle, ala` Don Quixote. But then, you hear your call coming back to you and you complete the exchange for another rare one in the books, and all thoughts of bloodying yourself disappear in the breeze!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!
PS: I am working on the finishing touches to a new Christmas story. Look for it here as we get closer to the Holiday.