Some time in September/October
I have sent back his QSL-Card with the remark 'Sorry, that was a Pirate'
AB5GH's QSL showed a QSO 9.5.01 20m SSB at 05:22
e-mail from AB5AG to HB9AGH         Fri, 26 Oct 2001 06:09:03 EDT:
You had sent back my QSL card for station AB5GH.  You had stated you were QRV at the time I stated on the card.  I would like to ask that you search your 
log for my callsign. 

It also offends me that you think I am a pirate, sir.  I have been licensed 
for 11 years and I have sent you proof.  I would not have sent you a card if 
I did not hear proof that I worked your station.  Your operator may have for 
got to write it down.  I remember the KX2A station that was in from of my 
call.  It could have been I was off on time by an hour.

Thanks for your time,

Ron -AB5GH

my answer HB9AGH to AB5GH                  Fri, 26 Oct 2001 09:09:14 +020:

Hi Ron,
There is no AB5GH in whole log.
Please give me date, time, band and mode of your QSO and you will hear
from me.
73, Ambrose - hb9agh
e-mail from AB5GH to HB9AGH       Fri, 26 Oct 2001 06:09:03 EDT:

I done some research on my callsign from your webpage.  What I found was 
There is no AB5GH in the log, but there is an AB5G and it on 20M.  The call 
date/utc is 9 May 01 at 0522 hours.  I may have been off an hour or two as 
does usually happen on my logging.  I feel that the operator may have kept 
offf my last letter, so instead of logging AB5GH he or she logged AB5G by 
accident thereby causing and unknown callsign and a possible pirate 

Thanks again,


   my answer HB9AGH to AB5AG         Fri, 26 Oct 2001 11:57:06 +0200

Hi Run
- Agalega was not QRV on 9.5.01 from 04:49-19:15 on 20m SSB
- We worked AB5G on 12.5.01 but completly different time
Unfortunatly nearly every time when we went QRT on a band some pirates
tried to continue in the same manner as we did, to the regret of all
Sorry to tell you this but it's true, even worse in cw and RTTY!
73, Ambrose
e-mail from AB5GH to HB9AGH            Fri, 26 Oct 2001 08:52:38 EDT
hello again,

Maybe it was a pirate, but I sure needed the island and the operator I talked 
to had a german accent. 

there have been times during my contacts with dx stations my call has been 
repeated wrong, and before I can correct, the operator just moves on.  I am 
sorry also to tell you this, but I think that is what happened here. The 
operator was worried more about speed than confirming the contact.  So 
operator mistake has caused me not to be able to obtain a card from your dx 
trip.   I guess technicalities will always prevail.


my answer HB9AGH to AB5GH               Fri, 26 Oct 2001 13:57:45 +0200

Sorry Ron (AB5GH), but I don't confirm contacts which you have made with
pirates. Our operators always tried to copy the calls correctly even in
the bigest pileup.
73, Ambrose
e-mail from AB5GH to HB9AGH              Fri, 26 Oct 2001 13:21:22 EDT

I regret saying this and its very unprofessional to say, but on your next 
dxpedition, I will most certainly will be one of the stations that will not 
contact your operation. 

Too many excuses not to issue a card for a simple mistake made by one of your 
operators. Never have heard of a pirate dxpedition.   And please dont use the 
word pirate, I am not a pirate either. 


Ron - AB5GH

Of course, I do not react on this!  Shame on you, Ron

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