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DX Questions answered by Dr. DX!

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K6QU, Mar 18, 2017.

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  1. K8MHZ

    K8MHZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I got a letter in the mail asking me to set up a wellness appointment with my doctor M***B****. The problem is, Ms. B isn't a doctor, she is a P.A. I didn't think the reference to her as my doctor was appropriate.
     
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  2. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ah! You found yerself a Grannie Doctor!

    Oooh Doggies!

    [​IMG]
     
  3. N6QIC

    N6QIC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    NO Question here, just a comment.

    I used to listen to the SCDX club repeater 145.480. I enjoyed the DX alerts very much and listening to some folks.
    The few times that I tried to talked I did not feel welcome there.

    Then I heard the stupid ID message and that was it. I tried to continue to listen for the reports but just can't take the message. To me it sounds like CB radio or something. I no longer try to use or listen to your repeater.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017
  4. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Lisa is an extraordinary talented person, who was a renowned speed skater. Go look at her bio and learn something about being respectful and disciplined.

    Lisa, those guys lost out by not being friendly to you!

    Best wishes from Boston.

    73
    Chip W1YW
     
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  5. KM4ZBZ

    KM4ZBZ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    OK, new ham here.

    DX question: If I want to CQ for DX only what is the proper way to call it on the air?

    I've heard some DX stations use various methods. Some call "CQ 17 meters"several times followed by their call sign. Should I just call CQ and Call or CQ DX and Callsign?

    Also the proper way to respond to a dx call. Just my callsign followed by QSO or just call sign?

    thanks
     
  6. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Call:

    "CQ DX CQ DX this is --------- (repeat call twice more; use phonetics) listening".

    To respond to DX:

    "This is KX7Tango Alpha Bravo you are five nine"

    Keep it short, unless the DX has already been chatty with a previous QSO.
     
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  7. KM4ZBZ

    KM4ZBZ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    thank you sir...exactly what I was looking for.
     
  8. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    My pleasure!
     
  9. WA2LXB

    WA2LXB XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Jesse,

    Here's what I do...although I'm more of a 'pouncer' than I am a caller:

    1. Make sure you're about to CQ within your license allowed frequencies. Consult the band plan to make sure you're in the phone band plan (I assume you're using phone) as you don't want to CQ by phone in the CW area of the band. See here: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Regulatory/Band Chart/Hambands_color.pdf

    2. "This is KM4ZBZ, is this frequency in use?" Repeat 3 times over a minute. If clear, you may proceed to call CQ.

    3. "CQ DX, CQ DX, CQ DX 20 meters, this is kilo-mike-four-zulu-bravo-zulu, KM4ZBZ calling CQ DX, CQ DX, CQ DX on 2o meters from North Carolina, United States, kilo-mike-four-zulu-bravo-zulu calling CQ DX twenty meters." You may repeat this every 15 to 30 seconds until you get tired of it or someone answers. When they answer, see below for an example.

    4. If you are targeting a country or region, you may say: "Scandinavia" or "Europe" or "Russia" immediately after your "CQ DX" string.

    When you are pouncing on a DX, say you hear this from a station in South Africa:

    1. "CQ DX, CQ DX, CQ DX, this is Zebra-Romeo-One-Two-Three calling CQ DX, CQ DX, CQ DX, ZR123 calling CQ DX...etc."

    2. As soon as he/she ends with their call sign or says "QRZ", you pounce.

    3. Jesse: "kilo-mike-four-zulu-bravo-zulu, KM4ZBZ"

    4. South Africa: "kilo-mike-four-zulu-bravo-zulu this is Zebra-Romeo-One-Two-Three, ZR123, my name is Simon and you are 5-7 in Johannesburg South Africa, over?"

    5. Jesse: "Zebra-Romeo-One-Two-Three this is kilo-mike-four-zulu-bravo-zulu, KM4ZBZ, roger, Simon, my name is Jesse and you are 5-9 here in North Carolina, United States, 5-9 North Carolina United States, over"

    6. South Africa: "KM4ZBZ this is ZR123, roger, Jesse, thank you for the QSO, and 73"

    7. Jesse: "Roger Simon, thank you and 73. I will QSL via Log Book of the World"

    8. South Africa: "Roger Jesse, I will also."

    9. Jesse: "ZR123...KM4ZBZ clear"

    Then you will likely hear ZR123 CQ'ing again on the same frequency and you can go pounce on another CQ DX on a different frequency. If he/she wants to rag chew...great...entertain them. If not, keep rolling.

    If you are in a contest, 59 is always the signal report on both ends...even if he sounds like he's hollering up from the basement! If you decide to contest to go snag some contest DX, get N1MM+ and learn how to use it. Even if you don't care about your points, the other guy might...so help him out by logging the contacts.

    For casual DX'ing, get a Log Book of the World account from ARRL. It takes some time, as they snail mail you a post card (sooooo 1980s!). Then, get the minimum QRZ membership, open up a log book, and log your contacts in QRZ and then forward them to LOTW using that function that is within the QRZ logbook. There are other logging programs that will also forward to LOTW and can be used for contesting as well, namely http://n3fjp.com/

    Happy DX hunting, Jesse!
    Hugh
    WA2LXB
     
  10. KM4ZBZ

    KM4ZBZ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Gracias!

    BTW, nicely laid out shack!
     

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