plenty of us old timers have suggestions to add to the newcomers welcome to the Brutal World of DXing. It isn't a game for the very timid! I listen to new Hams call the DX, If on Phone, they will just casually mention their callsign in the pileup and wonder why they didn't get logged. It takes a VORACIOUS ATTITUDE to get thru, almost RABID!!!!! Each Phoentic of your call sign you have to THRUST THROUGH!!!! Timing is everything. Wait til the calling session dies down abit and then FORCE your call thru!! The DX station will likely hear a partial of your call and come back to you. There are all sorts of SLY Techniques CW OPS can get thru, from tracking the DX OP's operating habits (where he moves to get the next station to work), and again Timing!! With FT8, it is Just CLICK The mouse button and hope for the best. Though I see success in locating a HOLE in the Waterfall! Most of All, NEVER GIVE UP!!!! MAKING THIS CONTACT is the most important thing in your life!!!! WORK can be missed, meals and sleep are not necessary if you are hunting a ATNO (ALL TIME NEW ONE). I just called for half of yesterday and half of today to finally get through to a DX! Some contacts may take, HOURS, DAYS and WEEKS, and even YEARS to nail down!! I am STILL STALKING Monk Apollo on Mt Athos after 38 years of INTENSIVE DXING!!!!. He is there, and active. Just need to find a FREAK Propagation where him and me can finally connect! I have heard him ONCE, on 10M SSB, but of course my squeaky little 100W hadn't a PRAYER!!! Now I have a KILLERWATT in my Arsenal!!! That is another reccomendation. QRP is fine if you want to work Kansas, but going after the BIG GAME, you need a POWERHOUSE Station. IT can be done on QRP, but will result in countless hours of Frustration to the point of saying "FORGET THIS!!!!" A KILLERWATT really REALLY HELPS!!!! My productivity went from ZERO TO HERO when I got the KILLERWATT!!! If you can run a Microwave oven in your room, U can support a small Amp. I run both my DRAKE L7 and SB-226 (Modified HEATHKIT SB-220) off of 110V and don't blow the circuit breaker as long as I don't go crazy!