I sure hope this was the Real Deal and not a pirate…
Very little info is available from the regular sources regarding this station from Cambodia but he was loud and clear this morning on 17m CW with not too much of a pile-up. He was listening a few Hz off his transmit freq – so little that I hesitate to call it “split”.
I called him a few times at 100 watts only to hear him call QRZ? or CQ again so I assume he had high levels of QRN. The amp was already tuned for 17m from whenever I used it last so with a quick flick of the switch, I’m now almost 8dB louder on his end – and that did the trick on the first (QRO) call.
He sounded real with fluttery sigs and a typical “been-to-that-area-before” path for 17m at that time of day. Besides, with his suffix being 75% of my callsign, he has to be real!
Time will tell.