SFI = 512

Yeah I wish. But it was a license plate on a car: SFI-512. I was carrying some bags and when I returned empty handed I wanted to finally put my cell phone to good use and make a picture of it, but by then the car was gone. No picture.

I needed to tackle VK9LA for a new one. I managed to work them on 40 and 30 quite easily. New DXCC! Globetrotter G3TXF on Vanuatu provided another new one. I worked YJ0TXF on 17m. He was very light because there is no such thing as SFI = 512. But I worked him for another new DXCC. Later that day he was on 30m with a pretty good signal being so early for 30m. He only grew stronger but so did the pack of [^{#^@^#{^{[  EU idiots.

That’s where the K3’s KRX3 comes in handy. You can actually follow the clueless lids. There’s this OH2 with a very interesting approach. His tactic is called: “Send your call a lot”. It was so funny I started counting. He sends his call 8 times or 9 times in a row without pausing. In the mean time, YJ0TXF has worked a station and sent “TU UP”. Then OH2^^ hears nothing and sends his call again 7 times. While he keeps sending his call, the DX once again has worked a station while OH2^^ does not have a clue about what is going on.

Another popular specimen in the pile up is the ‘Morse Dyslectic’. The DX sends: “OM3 OM3?”. The pile up has a Russian ^^3MM, an EA3^^^ etc answering. All this served on a bed of tuners-on-DX-QRG with a nice sauce of simplex callers. Side dish was a family pack of Frequency Cops. I really hate this. Hat off to guys like G3TXF who manage this zoo from such a distance with such marginal signals. I didn’t manage to work YJ0 on 30m in the end, and the next day he was QRT. You can’t win ‘m all.

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