K1ASS. Yes, that's right. K1ASS. I looked the callsign up at QRZ.com and, much to my surprise, apparently it is not taken. Same at the FCC. In case you missed the pleasure of 40 meters CW last night, you also missed K1ASS. And you missed how quickly a fairly well-mannered pileup can deteriorate.
As the pileup grew more unruly, I heard him last night calling ZY0T. Over and over. Right on top of ZY0T's transmit frequency even though he was working split. In fact, here's some proof that he was on -
He did a number, let me tell you. For at least 5 or 6 minutes straight he obliterated any copy on ZY0T. Then, just as you thought he might have tuned away, he was back for another 3 or 4 minutes worth. As I wrote in an earlier entry, I truly believe that this has become a new operating technique. Destroy any chances of anyone else working a DX station. Maybe the goal is for them to drive away everyone else and then easily work the DX? Hmmmm. Seems quite effective actually.
My guess is that he wanted to see his call spotted...after all, a distinct call like that shouldn't be ignored!
Along with K1ASS, the frequency cops were out in force last night. And I'm hear to tell you, these guys took charge last night with a vengeance. I know some of these guys mean well, Lord knows that there were enough folks needing gentle reminders that ZY0T was working split, but "UP UP UP UP UP UP UP UP UP UP" is a little overboard. Especially when it causes the DX to repeat his exchange three or four times.
I'm not sure what possesses someone to self-appoint the cop status? I suppose that I wouldn't mind it so much if they exercised a bit of restraint. I mean, is it really necessary to call out everyone, every single time? Or could we have just a tad of moderation? Apparently that's just not how it works, is it? While they didn't generate quite the level of QRM that K1ASS attained, the cops were a close second. Clearly it wasn't for lack of trying.