How do you manage late night DXing activities?

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  1. W1VT

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    Sunrise is a great time to work DX. Local noise is often at a minimum, both from neighbors and hams located a short skip distance away.

    Details W1VT VI2021PRIDE 2021-10-03 09:01:20 40M FT8 7.07445
    I've seen PRIDE events in the news. This is the first time I've seen one on the air!
     
  2. N7WR

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    I don't chase em in the middle of the night any more--too old for that now and besides I have DXCC plus on 7 bands including 40 and 80 where oftentimes the zero dark thirty action is to be found. But in the "old days" if there was a good possibility of some wee hours DX to be worked I would go to bed early, set my alarm, and get up and on the radio. That was especially true of 40 meters. As for 75/80 a lot of DX was to be worked just before dawn so I'd just get up early and check the DX window.
     
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  3. UT7UX

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    Easy. I'm saying to myself 'today I gonna go to sleep earlier' then I take my chair at the radio and when with morning sun the propagation decrease I realize it's really time to go to sleep. :D

    Actually I had to make a hard decision to get rid of anything below 20m to make it completely impossible for myself to work at the night. I proceeded from the assumption the hamradio is important for me however it's just a hobby and couldn't affect other parts of my life so with 20m and up only I'll still be able to make nice contacts but exceptionally during the day. As a part of this plan I recently put 40m OFC dipole and think towards some 160/80m shortened ('better-than-nothing') surrogate antenna. :eek:
     
  4. PU2OZT

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  5. WZ7U

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    I stay up late as a matter of course, so I have no issues being on at odark thirty. That's how I get into oceana usually. Its the midday stuff I miss out on. :(

    :D
     
  6. WD4ELG

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    Back in the good ol' days, I could function without much sleep. Even as recently as 2009-2010 I was working DX until 2 AM...but I did not have to be on work calls until 9 AM so it was convenient. I was in the mid-40's back then.

    Then in 2014 my body shifted to mornings, and I could not stay awake past 9:30. Turned 50 and the body changed.

    Then in 2020 my body shifted back again. Blame it on Covid. I have not been to sleep before 1 AM in a LONG time. Luckily my calls don't start until 9 AM so I have that flexibility.

    My only problem now is that I don't have the itch for late night DX like I did 12 years ago...portable ops is a lot more fun, as is QRP.
     
  7. NB3R

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    Early to bed early to rise for me. I'm working on DXCC on 160 (from Eastern PA) and have most of EU so I need to be ready for grey line for OC and AS.

    Turn on the amp and make coffee while it warms up.

    Hope I can work the new one on CW but often it is FT8. I'll take what I can get.
     
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  8. VE3CGA

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    late nite dx here is a result of the odd bout of insomnia (usually middle of the nite)
    Armed with a cup of sleepy time tea, I usually crank the 9100 down to 2W and see who I can work.
    Had good luck on 80M, modes are restricted to cw & ft8 depending what I hear.
    Dont want to wake the XYL or dog
     
  9. KQ9J

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    Concentrating on 160 now because I want to get DXCC, 25 more to go. Around sunset to a couple hours after, I can work EU and around sunrise I can work AU and AS. It's what I might be missing between the two that bothers me. Can't seem to stay up past 9 or 10 pm central. One of these days I have to see what might be happening around midnight, but I will likely be shot for days afterward. I used to stay out till 2 am and be to work by 6 am. What the hell ever happened? :p
     
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  10. NG1H

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    "Every minute wounds. The last one kills."
     
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