Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N8ZI, Dec 13, 2019.
of course we will have to argue about the definition of "same location" ya know.
I'm pretty certain gold stars get phased out around 3rd grade of elementary school...
And when that gets tired, we can argue about arguing and arguments.
Exactly, contesting and DX probably make up the vast bulk of activity and the reasons I think are simple. For me at least, the less I personally have to do with hams, the more I enjoy ham radio. Sounds counter intuitive to some, but its certainly what works for me. UR 5NN TU 73 means i do not have to know about someones politics, whacked out conspiracy theories, racism, misogyny, homophobia, sexism etc etc and I don't have to hate them in return. In the end, its radio for radio sake and I just do not want to know the person on the other end, but will collect the call sign like stamps.
I'm with ya.
With a 100w ICOM IC-725 and a G5RV I made DXCC SSB in 65 days and DXCC CW in 85.
it can be accomplished over the weekend during a major contest if someone really wants it bad enough.
Awards have lost their luster with so many Op's using these remote stations.
Took me 5 years mostly qrp using a wire antenna and only 2 bands. Mixed mode though, roughly an equal split of ssb, cw and ft8
If you send 6 minutes of FT8 transmissions without a contact, the TX watchdog gives you a time out and turns of auto TX.
There are ways to override that and let it run 24/7/365 without human intervention.
Today's DXpeditions must enjoy it very much. They can travel to some exotic paradise, set up the equipment, turn on FT8 then go lay on the beach, get drunk, go sightseeing all day and night. When the trip is finished they just pack everything up, go back home and sell the QSL cards to pay for their vacation.
Sounds like heaven
Regarding awards and such: folks with that rabid quest for recognition must have some psychiatric label. Closest I can guess would be "egomaniac with an inferiority complex."
I'm not trying to be overly course or mean here. I don't "get" tournament bass fishing, either. Tens of thousands of dollars, maybe more, in massive bass boats, 300 HP engine, trailer, heavy duty truck to haul it all around, tens of fishing poles, hundreds of lures, fish finder electronics, etc. All to just "go fishin'" on the weekend?
To each his or her own, I guess.
Googled that and surprisingly came up with this image