Over the last few months I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon. Why is it that I can call CQ on the HF bands and not get a reply for ages? I’ve noticed that I can call for ten minutes and finally have a reply from someone who gives me a good signal report, “Five and nine plus twenty dB” and then after that QSO it takes another ten minutes to get a reply and I’ll get another similar signal report.
If I tune around and hear [for example] a Special Event station with a big pileup, it very rarely takes more than a couple of calls to break the pileup and I generally get good signal reports back but if I then go and find a clear frequency and call CQ, I don’t get any replies.
I know my audio is good, I know my aerial is good, I know my radiated signal is good. Why don’t I get replies? It’s not just down to the callsign because I found the same when I had the GR prefix for the Royal Wedding – I would tune around the band and hear stations with the R prefix with pileups but when I called CQ using GR6NHU I had very few replies.