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 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

  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:

    http://www.voacap.com/hf/


    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:

    http://www.ncdxf.org/beacon/index.html
     

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