Yesterday I spent some time on 20 meters. I called “CQ” a few times and, within a minute or so, an amateur from a former Russian republic answered to my call. “You’re on the wrong frequency”, a heavily distorted voice yelled at me. The audio was terrible. Connect an amplified microphone to a tranceiver (any tranceiver), put the mike gain at maximum, add a lot of compression and you’ll get the idea.
“Wrong frequency?” I asked, “what do you mean?” As it turned out, he expected me to be exactly on 14.180.000 and not, as was the case, somewhere in the neighborhood of that frequency. I use old ham gear, such as a Yaesu FT-7B, FT-101 and a FT-901. Tuning is not very accurate and somewhat of an art. I tune in to a voice, or I pick a clear frequency. That’s it. I don’t care what the display at the other end says.
I gave him a report, 2/9+20, which was a bit on the positive side. It pi**ed him off big time. “I own a FTDX-9000, he yelled. Very expensive! It can never be bad!”.
I rest my case.