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eHam Forums => Stolen Gear => Topic started by: W4CX on June 26, 2014, 03:44:46 PM



Title: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: W4CX on June 26, 2014, 03:44:46 PM
Someone is using my W4CX call.  I have been QRT on HF for the past year while building and operating a satellite station.  But I've received LotW notices and even an email from a ham who heard "me" who lived in San Diego!  I've rejected the Lotw cards.  Any help or info, please contact me at w4cx@amsat.org.


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: KI6LZ on June 26, 2014, 04:57:14 PM
You must mean eQSL, never heard of rejecting LOTW contacts. Only you alone have the security certificates to authenticate a call.


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: K1CJS on June 30, 2014, 02:00:33 PM
It happens.  I got a QSL card back when I was only a tech--for a HF contact.  All it takes is one mistaken letter.


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: N3QE on July 02, 2014, 06:11:47 AM
There's a number of "one-away" calls that are very similar to yours and are EXTREMELY active calls on HF CW. e.g. W4CI, W4UX.


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: KK2DOG on July 09, 2014, 11:12:54 AM
On the bright side, just think of all the DX you've already worked and you didn't even have to lift a finger!   ;D


                    Mike KK2DOG
    From the REAL upstate New York (FN24)


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: KV4BL on July 17, 2014, 09:16:38 AM
About ten or fifteen years ago, I was getting QSL's for a while from ops who had "worked" me on 6 meters.   Only problem was, at that point in time, I had no 6M gear and had never been on 6M.   I returned the cards with a brief note apologizing for the disappointment.

I always wondered if someone was bootlegging my call or if it was a misunderstanding by the ops who QSL'ed me.   

73,

Ray  KV4BL


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: N4UE on July 23, 2014, 05:42:24 PM
I just wanted to add this:
I am N4UE and have been for years.
I have been advised that there is a person selling at Flea Markets using my call.

I WAS N4KCM before I got my Extra call.
I can also be identified on eBay as: "radiorestorations", with 100% feedback.

FWIW

ron
the REAL N4UE....


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: KD8NGE on August 06, 2014, 08:41:17 AM
Similar but different:
I sent SASE & card a Texas OM and received it back with a note:
"Sorry, I was out of town on that date/time. Neat card, though!"
I stewed on that for some time until I realized where I'd erred.
He checked only the date of the contact.
EDT differs from Zulu.
My mistake!
I log exclusively in Zulu time now.


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: N2ADV on August 27, 2014, 07:44:09 AM
On the bright side, just think of all the DX you've already worked and you didn't even have to lift a finger!   ;D


                    Mike KK2DOG
    From the REAL upstate New York (FN24)
What he said!

(From just below in CENTRAL NY, FN23 lol... Never ceases to amaze me when people call someplace like Yonkers "Upstate" so it's nice to see a kindred spirit who knows what is really "upstate" :))


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: K7MEM on August 30, 2014, 06:41:38 AM
About ten or fifteen years ago, I was getting QSL's for a while from ops who had "worked" me on 6 meters.   Only problem was, at that point in time, I had no 6M gear and had never been on 6M.   I returned the cards with a brief note apologizing for the disappointment.

I always wondered if someone was bootlegging my call or if it was a misunderstanding by the ops who QSL'ed me.   

Six meters seems to be rife with this kind of thing. I haven't had any operational gear for 6 meters since the late 60's. But, I still get a card now and then claiming a contact on 6 meters. However, I never thought that someone was bootlegging my call. My guess is that it was simply the product of a less than stellar contact. Most often they mistake the beginning "W" for a "K". Of course, it doesn't help that W7MEM's first name is Mark.

Martin - K7MEM



Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: KB0OXD on February 04, 2016, 04:16:52 PM
Instead of flat out (Not to mention RUDELY !!) rejecting contacts you claim you never made, why not either look them on QRZ ot some other database & shoot them an email ??

OR.....

Try to find them on EchoLink (Should be fairly simple given the amount of users it has), DMR, IRLP, or DSTAR& make DIRECT contact with them ??

Worse comes to worse - Either SEND A SERVICE MESSAGE BACK TO THEM VIA NTS (Remember THAT ??) or CALL THEM ON THE PHONE !!

But REGARDLESS of how you make contact with them - BE POLITE !!!  Remember people DO make mistakes.....

SIMPLE solutions to (What seems to be) a SIMPLE problem

Just my opinion.....

Cheers & 73 :)


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: K1WJ on February 23, 2016, 02:18:36 PM
Last year some nutcase was using my call on a couple bands, notified FCC so that it was on record. Have not received any more reports after contacting FCC & filed report. I am hoping the nutcase died a quick death......yes I do.......die scum die...........73


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: KC4ZGP on April 19, 2017, 11:29:14 AM

I asked in another thread-thingy and I ask here, why steal a callsign. I don't understand.


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: WD4CHP on May 01, 2017, 07:27:08 AM
The only reason I can think of is that whom ever it is doesn't have a call. ;)


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: KC4ZGP on May 01, 2017, 09:55:34 AM
The only reason I can think of is that whom ever it is doesn't have a call. ;)

Oh OK. Now the 'why' does make sense.

If someone steals a call to get on the air, they have enough 'know how' to take, pass
and get a license anyway. No code requirement anymore. Getting license is a snap.

And the big 160 meter loop, 530 feet of solid 12 gauge solid copper goes up this week.

First I must thread the wire through the front trees.

Then I rest. Actually I think storms pull through this evening. One piece at a time.

73 and wear that seat belt.

Kraus


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: W9ZIM on May 12, 2017, 09:25:50 AM
The only reason I can think of is that whom ever it is doesn't have a call. ;)

If someone steals a call to get on the air, they have enough 'know how' to take, pass
and get a license anyway. No code requirement anymore. Getting license is a snap.

That may be true, but it doesn't change the fact that simply bootlegging a call sign is still faster, easier, and cheaper than studying for and passing the exam.


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: KC4ZGP on May 16, 2017, 10:09:30 AM

Hmmm...

This is just a hobby. A license really doesn't do anything. No one has dropped to the ground
when I tell them I'm a licensed radio operator.

And when I tell them I have my commercial license, they look at me tilt their head trying to
figure out what I just said.

Say is the FCC commercial license test still the hardest test in the world. If not for my
calculator, I would have been lost, lost, lost.

73 and wear your seat belt.

Kraus


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: W3TTT on October 20, 2017, 01:07:10 PM
"... Hmmm...This is just a hobby. A license really doesn't do anything. No one has dropped to the ground
when I tell them I'm a licensed radio operator..."  :D

(http://assets.amuniversal.com/ac5196b09f8f012f2fe600163e41dd5b)


Title: RE: Not Stolen Gear....stolen CALL!
Post by: K0UA on October 27, 2017, 07:10:44 AM
OMG! now that is funny!