Formerly VQ9JS, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory; TF/KE4SX, NATO Base, Keflavik, Iceland; ON/KE4SX, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium; R4/N3YZ, Kazan State University, Kazan, Russia; N4ACO and KE4SX, Virginia Beach, VA, and WN3OYT US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. Please QSL direct to N3YZ.
Working an FT-897D barefoot and homebrew fan dipoles on 80, 40, 20 and 10m, along with a handheld Arrow yagi; resulting in 8BDXCC, Diamond DXCC Challenge, DXCC Challenge, WAZ, WPX Honor Roll, WAS/90, WAS Triple Play, WAS/QRP, W1AW/WAS, VUCC Satellites, and lots of other stuff!
Conditions, conditions and conditions. And a bit of luck!
Realistic Expectations. The Baltimore Ravens certainly would not hire me as a linebacker. Likewise, with my dipoles, I do not expect to ever achieve DXCC Honor Roll. However, there are other things I can do very well.
My Dipole DXer's Advice: Make your own luck...
* Let the big guns work the DX first and get out of your way.
* Avoid crowds.Work the DX during the week if possible and late in the DXpedition.
* The DX is the loudest right before the band dies. Pounce.
* If the DX is loud to you, you're probably loud to her. And the reverse.
* The DX is a creature of habit. If you didn't work him today because of a pile up, he'll be back tomorrow, same time and place.
* Be a good patient. As the doctor says, conditions will either get better or worse. Guaranteed.
* Know where the DX is listening. It'll greatly improve your odds.
* DX is worldwide, and not just on land. Collect those 324 Maidenhead Locator Grids too!
* Be your own DX. Find a WebSDR receiver in Europe and listen to yourself.
* Develop a taste for the 30, 17 and 12 Meter Bands. They will be your friends.
* Scan and listen on the highest band open. That's your furthest distance band.
* Get there first, grab the QSO and then post the first spot. Let the pileup begin.
* Be a good LID. Its ok. Forgot to split? 1) Listen to the nice "band police." 2) Say thanks! 3) Split. 4) Forgive yourself. We've all been there!
A GD DX OP is someone who
- Has good ears.
- Is fast.
- Moves on.
- Does not get personal.
- Goes by the numbers as necessary.
- Stays until the band dies.
- Gives me a call!
I fully support the DX Code Of Conduct (Thanks to VP8DMH)
- I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
- I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
- I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.
- I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.