But I've still found time to turn the rig on an hour or so each evening and tune around. I've been chasing Maldive Island and Seychelles. I've worked both before but haven't been able to sneak a QSL yet. Both have had really nice signals but the pileups have been very poorly behaved. In fact, good ol' K1ASS even made an appearance last evening. That brightened everyone's spirits, of course. Most times I turned off the radio or tuned away...just too frustrating to listen to the mess.
But this afternoon was a different story. Good signals again, fairly well behaved mobs...until...someone repeatedly kept calling directly on top of S79GM's frequency even though he was working "up". Now that wasn't anything new, it was happening all the time, with the obligatory response from the traffic cops. But this fellow just wasn't taking the hint. He kept on and kept on.
Some posts started appearing on the DX spotting networks. Still, he kept on.
Just as I was about to curse out loud and see if the guy had an email address listed on QRZ, I saw something on his profile that made me stop in my tracks. "Deaf CW operator".
Oh man, what am I doing? Yeah, it's still a pain to have to listen through him calling, but it sort of put things in a different perspective. Here's a hobby where listening is 99% of the game and this guy can't hear a thing. Yet he's able to participate. OK, so he wasn't where he needed to be, but in my haste I had gotten all worked up. If QRZ wasn't around I would have no way of knowing that the man is deaf and I might've sent some foolish email chastising him for poor operating.
Makes me realize that, number one, I have no business doing something like that. It's not my place and I'm glad I glanced at his profile before sending something stupid and that I'd regret. Number two, sometimes things aren't exactly as they seem and I need to not get so worked up in the first place over something that's out of my control. And, number three, even though I was still able to work the stations I was after just a couple of minutes later, it didn't seem nearly as important anymore.