Jump to content

Being that rare station that has a pileup


Recommended Posts

  • Elmer

One of the great thrills of ham radio is working a pileup as the rare station that everyone wants. I have experience this a few times. During Field Day, if you have a big signal you can get a lot of people calling you at once. I have worked a few club stations with large antennas, 1 KW and and really good band conditions during a DX context. That will get lots of calls. Most recently, I find that operating POTA (Parks On The Air) at an unusual site with a full 100W and a decent antenna can produce a pileup. The trick is to spot yourself or get someone else to spot you. Since Washington, DC is a separate section from Maryland for POTA, that is a great place to work a park. (The ARRL combines DC with Maryland, making the MDC section less interesting.)

Working a pileup takes practice. I find myself getting into a rhythm. That helps me keep the logging and calls in sync. It seems to cue the callers to when I'm ready for the next contact. A perennial problem is picking out a callsign when several people are calling at once.

I am curious what tricks/techniques other people use to efficiently work many stations calling at once.  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Ham Alliance

Ham Alliance - Billboard - 970*250px

XXXL Mega Pad

Ham Band Edges Mousepad

  • Create New...