I have always been of the opinion that if you go to bed a little smarter than when you woke up that the day was a success. This hobby tends to do that for me on a regular basis. Last night as I was spinning the dial listening the the very dead bands I heard that wonderful sound of "QRL?". You know someone is about to call CQ and maybe you are the only one listening at that moment to attempt the contact. I say "attempt" because we all know there are no sure things in QRP. Anyway, I'm listening to the signal and it was pretty strong and then I heard a call sign I did not recognise. I didn't have time to look it up as I wanted to be the first one on this station. I threw my call out at what I call full QRO (5w) but I was not heard. I tried again but was unsuccessful. Moments later the pileup started and I knew my chances were done. I then opened the QRZ page and entered in the call sign S01WS. I had never heard of a country called Western Sahara but here was a club call from there. The Sahrawi Amateur Radio Union - Club Station in Tifariti has over 200,000 lookups so I'm sure most reading this will be familiar with that station but it was new to me. Then, of course, I had to look up this unfamiliar country to find that it is not a country at all but instead is the subject of a decades-long dispute between Morocco and Algeria. This was news to me and a few other people I spoke with. I love learning this sort of thing and Amateur Radio brings me many of these. I think that is one of the reasons I like this hobby so much. Here is a link to a profile of Western Sahara in case you are as curious as I was.
Although I didn't get the QSO, I did go to bed smarter than when I woke up and that's good enough for me...until next time, that is.
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