Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KN6SD, Sep 1, 2021.
why tho? How long do you listen to a pile up on some rare dx station?
Me Generation or Millennials? Gen X or Zoomers? Or maybe almost everyone is a self-centered idiot?
Funny intergenerational observations prove it's them, not us.
Kyle I do not do DX either, just not something that I have an interest in. Lots of other stuff to break up that SSb which gets to be a drag after a while for sure. CW helps me keep my mind active and breaks up the fone. Have you ever considered giving it a try? Lots and lots of fun. 73 Rich
Ol' Betsy isn't in that picture.
I know; I was pretending to be Hiram, commenting on Ol' Betsy.
This here's Ol' Betsy.
Like in so many other things; the answer to that question is: it depends.
I usually listen for a while to see how strong the DX signal is at my location, and how rowdy the pileup is before I make a decision to move on or to stay. Then there's the "rarity" of the DX in question. Rarity is also a moving target. One man's rare DX is another's Ho Hum... At this point in my ham radio career, I've worked / confirmed a a lot of DX!
Lately, I've heard really big pileups over the most common garden variety DX. Also on the various "special events" like the recent Route 66 event. One mans meat, another mans poison.
Having said that, I rarely spend a lot of time trying to break a pile-up these days. I have to wait a bit before propagation comes back and allows my peanut-whistle station to work into Africa and the Indian Ocean, both places where I have a problem getting recognized. But what the heck, if it was easy, it would not be fun, right?
If it's someone I want in my log, I wait as long as it takes. I will try 10 minute sessions over the course of the day, working around subtle propagation changes, noise changes, QRM changes, call during the dinner hour when many hams aren't on the air, stick around for the DX to return from any announced break, and try to grab them when they come back on the air - whatever it takes. That's what DXing is all about.
Follow up to the complaints by K4DL: I discovered the following, but won't mention his name or call as this won't be handled here:
The man K4DL mentioned is a convicted felon, registered sex offender #584506, victims were 9 and 11 year old girls at the time of the offense, served 2 years, Alabama nursing license (RN) revoked in 2016. He is listed as the Skywarn Net Control Station for East AL, and listed as an ARES member. His FCC license is current, and in the ULS, his full name, middle intial, and former address match the Sheriff's offender report. LinkedIn (public) states: Director/Coordinator of radio net communications in support of National Weather Service and area public safety agencies. Licensed Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator - call sign (same name/address).
K4DL said he contacted ARRL and they weren't interested, or words to that effect. Under their character policy, FCC considers adjudicated child sexual abuse felonies prima facie evidence of need for hearing designation for license revocation. K4DL didn't mention whether or not he contacted FCC.
Skywarn ® is an NWS entity invented-by and operated-by NOAA/NWS. The ARRL has a current MOU with the NWS at the National level. This agreement indicates that the ARRL will encourage its local volunteer groups operating as the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) to provide the NWS with spotters and communicators as requested by the NWS during times of severe weather. The National Weather Service agrees to work with ARRL Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service volunteers to establish SKYWARN networks, and/or other specialized weather emergency alert and relief systems.
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public Service/National Weather Service MOU.pdf
"Amateur Radio is almost synonymous with the Skywarn program, the "eyes and ears" of the National Weather Service during severe weather emergencies. Hams comprise the majority of Skywarn volunteers, who report "ground truths" to local NWS offices, supplementing their sophisticated weather monitoring equipment. ARRL has had an agreement with the National Weather Service, effecting this support, since 1986.
The agency consists of a national headquarters in Washington, DC, with regional offices throughout the country, and has undergone considerable reorganization in the last few years. The Skywarn program is one of the finest examples of hams providing public service."
Select Skywarn (National Weather Service)
That's why solar doesn't work over here. By the time it gets light, you've used up all the bloody sun.