DX Questions answered by Dr. DX!

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  1. WG7X

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    Well... Here's the view from where I sit:

    DX'ing has always been the primary attraction of ham radio for me. I have always enjoyed it and probably always will. However, the competitive paper chasing is not for me. I did not even apply for any of the ARRL awards until they finally (!) automated the process.

    DXCC Honor roll? Meh... When I meet another ham and we begin to talk, it is of no interest to me how many countries, states, zones, Maidenhead squares, or whatever he has worked. Furthermore, no ham that I have ever talked to made it a point to mention awards that he/she had been given either. So that's right out. Maybe if someone asked him or her the subject would then become a conversational point.

    Yeah, the talk around the club sometimes centers on DX. Most of us enjoy the chase. We have, as a group, mentored quite a few budding DX hounds. This has been done during Field Day or contest operating at the clubhouse. (W7dk.org). We also just put them in front of the radio sometime with a control operator and have them work DX. Most of the time they get the bug too.

    If they don't then, they usually find something else in this great hobby to satisfy their needs.

    If someone like the SO Cal DX club goes out on a limb and set themselves up as an "expert" in any field, there are sure to be folks ready to cast stones. Personally, I doubt that they can do as they said they can, but it's not my place to shoot them down either. Give them a chance. It will be shown soon enough whether they have the right stuff. I would hope that beginner Dx'ers will be able to sort them out soon enough.

    I know that my qualifications are sufficient for me, but may not meet the demanding qualifications asked by some, but just for the record:

    Been a ham 30 years. 29.5 of those years as an Extra class
    Been a member of Radio Club of Tacoma all of that time. Served as President for six of those years and many terms on the Board of Directors. Also wrote the club newsletter for six or seven of those years along with many other committee duties of various types.

    Have DXCC with 290 confirmed mixed and over a hundred DXCC entities worked on all three modes (SSB, CW, RTTY)
    WAS also 50 Mixed also 50 each on CW SSB and RTTY. Looking for the Final Triple Play returns. Also trying to fill the Challenge award. These I do only for myself; no one else would care. I doubt that I will ever qualify for honor roll. Especially since its not a motivator for me. That's for the competitive types, which I am not. I do ham radio for the fun of it, not to kick someone else's butt...

    Currently still working on five band DXCC and WAS.

    Those are just the documented points. I have helped many budding DX'ers, Contesters (Quiet, Burt!) and helped many hams get licensed both as instructor and as a club officer. These achievements are part and parcel of the ham radio experience in my view. As a ham, I do not really care about your DXCC achievements, your education level, how much money you make, how pretty your wife is, or how smart your kids are. All I can find it interesting to do is to relate to you as another ham, a person who, by definition, cares about radio for it's own sake, not as an ego booster.

    This petty one-upmanship needs to stop.

    We are all hams here, and to quote another non-ham, but famous (sorta) person :"Can't we all just get along?"

    73 Gary
  2. W1YW

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    Hi Gary,

    They didn't put themselves out on a limb, and I wasn't stoning them. Be sure to see my suggested 'copy'--that they should have sent.

    There is no one-upmanship. Sometimes rude people need to be reminded who is on the other end. Especially if they feign a doctoral degree: that needs to be earned, not assumed..

    The response I got was just plain rude. And anonymous to cover for it. I called them on it--before they get rude with others.

    But I guess that's ham radio in 2017.

    Chip W1YW
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2017
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  3. W1YW

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    I strongly disagree. Let's throw some truth on the shade, shall we?

    Most seasoned DXers are old men who have limited interaction with the outside world. Many, if not most are either divorced or widowed and find company with their pets. Many find their social group at clubs, breakfasts and ham conventions.

    These are fascinating people waiting for someone just to ask. I never hestitate to ask country counts, for example, because I KNOW there will be interesting stories to follow. Hell, I KNOW my country counts, and will volunteer if asked. But I can't tell you what a great time I ALWAYS have when I sit down with other DXers and listen to their achievements and the stories that follow.

    Gary, I am 62 and know that based on health concerns I will never go on a DXpedition. I will never live (long-term) in a off the path, exotic place. But many, many of these guys have and do. To wit: many top DXers also like being DX.

    So if I ask them about their 'me awards' I don't give a damn if you think thats bragging or not-- to me its an invitation to learn and gain experience I will never have --and for them its an enjoyable opportunity to be real story tellers and important, even if just for a few minutes.

    I congratulate ALL DXers who have achieved their goal. I celebrate for them and with them.

    I love to hear their stories. I am HAPPY to 'boost their egos'. I feel in no way diminished.

    You should feel the same way too, IMO.

    Chip W1YW
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2017
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  4. KD0CAC

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    With the cartoon in the post , that indicates to me that Dr. DX knows what's what - with conditions so twitchy these days , you need to cast a long--wire around like that to work DX . ;)
  5. W1YW

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    There's always 'Dr.' Grannie!

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  6. WG7X

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    That's OK. You and I see the world in different ways.

    You did not understand what I meant and you probably never will. Since we both have an equal standing here as hams, my world view is just as valid as any other.

    I think what you are really upset about is the audacity of them using the term "Dr.".

    As I wrote, if they are asked, that's a different kettle of fish. What is unfortunate is when no one is asked but they get told about it anyway. That's some times annoying to us mere morals. The inopportune language you just used in the above quote is a perfect example. I do not care too much for your opinions on anything either, but I won't curse at you to prove my point.

    See what I mean?

    No, I think not...
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  7. W1YW

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    I think we disagree on whether its ok to share and celebrate achievement, especially the achievement of others.

    You may not have noticed but I go out of my way to shine the spotlight on others.

    Maybe that has something to do with which Testament a person studies most...no sarcasm intended.

    And no; I did not curse AT you, OM. I cursed with respect to myself.

    73 and best DX,
    Chip W1YW
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  8. WG7X

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    That's good. Introspection is good for the soul.

    Just in case you were wondering what set me off, it was this:

    Was that really necessary? If I was a betting man, I would guess that those fellows already know you and they were tweaking your nose on purpose.


    Just a point to consider.

    Well I'm done here, good night OM, and let the DX bug bite!

    73 Gary
  9. W1YW

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    ...and the result of that was I called them out on it. And they set a horrible example for newbies. Sometimes some of (us)old guys have nuthin' better to do, it would seem.

    I 'm sure you agree--present company excluded..

    Chip W1YW
  10. DM2LI

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    don`t really need that !

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