Advice for new DXers

Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by WA6MHZ, Oct 28, 2018.

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  1. VA3VF

    VA3VF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very true. Unfortunately some of them are up there in the DXCC listings, so a new DXer may think it's ok, or the only way.

    In any case, people should be able to discern things. Is this really the proper behavior? Do I really want to be associated with this crowd? Was a Machiavelli a ham?;)
  2. KP4SX

    KP4SX XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Or the guy in a CW pileup who sends his call 3 times (memory keyer) when the dx station is picking out people with one call timing.
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  3. WF4W

    WF4W Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    exactly. listening and NOT repeating the bad habits.
  4. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

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  5. W5BIB

    W5BIB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I hear that a lot! That's why I like "manual" keying... I'll stop, even if I haven't sent my complete call-sign.
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  6. KE0EYJ

    KE0EYJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    My advice:

    1. Learn how to plot two points on VOACAP, and hit the "Band by Band Predictions" button:

    2. Learn the best two times to operate before and after grey line (just before and after the sun goes down). If you have a beam, learn where to point it.

    3. Buy or homebrew a 2-el yagi, and get it up at least 1/4 wave high. Preferrably 1/2 wave or more.

    4. Make use of the International Beacon Project page, so you know when certain areas are open. This saves a lot of time calling CQ on a dead band:
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  7. K2CQW

    K2CQW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Greetings from the wannabe dxer. I am not a rag chewer so when I got back on the air in 2012 and discovered contests I was in heaven. Then I realized I was collecting DX entities. Wow. When I began with digital heaven got even brighter. Tuesday, 11/19 a happy day when Namibia showed up in LoTW hitting 100 on 15. Too much fun with a cheap radio and G5RV for a no-code extra.
  8. VA3VF

    VA3VF Ham Member QRZ Page

    After all is said, done, and argued, having fun is what matters in the end.

    Congrats, you are 'doing it right'.:)
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  9. N5CM

    N5CM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't be like W6_ _ , who I heard in a pileup earlier this week. He kept sending his call over and over and over... ad nauseum.

    I could hear him and the DX station. The DX station came back to him with "W6 _ _ 5NN" several times, but W6 _ _ never heard the DX station because he was still sending his call over and over. The DX station gave up on him and moved on.

    It helps to listen once in a while.
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  10. KD9JSY

    KD9JSY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I got to say, I have a long way to go learning all these tips, but they all make so much sense and very ethical.
    Thanks to All for your tips I will be using them.

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