Today when flying into Bali, I contacted approach control. I requested an approach in the correct way and did not receive a response. I presumed I had a communication error as I know how popular they have become, so I kept trying to request an approach at 3-4 minute intervals just in case the controller was so busy that he needed time to respond. After about 8 attempts to contact him and flying in numerous circles so that I didn’t disturb the traffic flow, he told me to expect vectors… etc.
Anyway, I have never had communication problems before so this puzzled me. Do ATC controllers sometimes deliberately ignore people until they are ready to accept their approach request? i.e might the controller realise that I was flying around aimlessly so just thought he would wait for a bit before contacting me so that the airport didn’t get too busy? I would have expected a “stand by” command if this was the case. It seems weird because afterwards, we were constantly communicating with no problems! I would have thought that if I had a communication issue it would last the entire session, not just be an “on and off” patchy kind of problem
Hope this makes sense and many thanks in advance for your responses.