|Often it is
VERY noisy inside a tent. Sometimes, specially at
night, the wind is very strong, the waves roar and the
the canvas of the tent is fluttering like a machine gun.
Then it is impossible to copy weak signals and probably
somebody in the cluster spots, there are DEAF OPERATORS :-)
Even the noise of birds can interfere with weak
So think, before
you are spotting "informations" like this. Those
operators, comfortable at home, often have no idea, what
an operator on a DXpedition is just going thru.
An other important factor is the LOCAL QRM. On a small
island like Aves it is sometimes very difficult to have
a clear frequency, due to activities in other modes on
the same band or spurious transmissions from other
bands. Those things happen, even with bandpass-filters,
as we ALWAYS use.
expedition we had a lot of problems caused by a military
transmitter, which transmitted periodically a digital
data broadcast, which paralyzed the reception of ALL our
station for 3 to 5 minutes.