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ANY QSLS RECEIVED WITHOUT THE US$ AMOUNTS ABOVE WILL NOT BE RETURNED (I AM NOT A MEMBER OF THE BUREAU)

I QSL 100% DIRECT IF THE ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOLLOWED. I QSL ZERO PERCENT IF THEY ARE NOT

I DO QSL VIA LOTW BUT NO LONGER UPLOAD TO EQSL

I have been a licensed ham since 1979 (original call vk3vdp) and was licensed at age 13.

From 1980 through 2007 I was licensed as vk3ajj and also operated from various DXCC and IOTA locations including 3w2ajj, vk3ajj/vp2e, jy, cp, OC-139 and OC-196.

I moved north to VK4 in 2007 and now live on a 5 acre property just outside of Hervey Bay on the central coast of eastern Australia (just nearby Fraser Island).

I am the owner of the www.radios.net.au webstore.

My main interests are dxing (DXCC and IOTA) with a particular emphasis on the lowbands and 10 / 6 metres.

Currently my station is

Icom 7600, SPE Amplifier, 4 el steppir yagi at 15 metres (6 thru 20 metres), 3 el shortened interlaced yagi for 30 and 40 metres at 17m high, dipoles for 80 and 160M, 6EL 6M LFA yagi at 17 metres.

N3ZK IS NOT MY QSL MANAGER - DO NOT QSL TO N3ZK

I DO NOT QSL VIA THE BUREAU - PLEASE DO NOT WASTE BUREAU RESOURCES

I look forward to meeting you on air.

Cheers and 73

Paul

 

My response to the increasing level of negativity surrounding major DXpeditions and dxing in general.....(refer K6VVA "the Locust" in particular)

“The world is passing through troublous times. The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint.”

sermon preached by Peter the Hermit in A.D. 1274

I have been active in dxing since 1979 and I do not think pile-up behaviour has got any better or worse. It is a shame that cluster history does not go back to say the 3y5x dxpedition around 1980. This operation had splits that spanned almost the entire 20 metre band and frustrations ran far higher than any recent dxpedition.

What has changed is the following:

Dxers are no longer satisfied with just one or two qsos with the dx – we have moved to a 9 or 10 band multi mode dx world. This means that dxpeditions are much larger – instead of having just one or two unruly pile-ups we can have as many as 7 or 8 across the bands at one time. I think this has increased the perception that behaviour is getting worse. But do we want to go back to just making two qsos per dxpedition – I certainly don’t.

The Dxcluster creates more concentrated pile-ups – in 1980 you had to find the dx your self and it took callers various lengths of time to locate the dx as they tuned across the bands. Now – we have a DX station on just about every band – and they are spotted every two minutes which means even the most dim of dxers can locate the dx. On the flip side, a lot of us are time poor and the DXcluster is a wonderful tool for making our dxing time more efficient and helping out with work life balance.

The trend of using the DXcluster as a comments board has increased in recent years. Guys use the cluster to vent their frustrations and this again gives an increased perception that behaviour is getting worse. The internet (and forums like this) make it much easier for people to vent about dxpedition behaviour during the dxpedition. This creates an amplified sense of disgruntlement that is now typical of all forms of social media. In 1980 you had to wait two months for the dxpedition report to come out in your local DX mag and by that time all memory of the chaos associated with the the dxpedition had faded.

I would like to take a more positive slant on this issue.

When you consider that there is no police or other type of law enforcement on the ham bands I actually consider the level of behaviour to be of a pretty good standard.

I would like to see the result in other walks of life if we had 25,000 people lined up – with no law enforcement or security whatsoever – and offered up a prize to the first person who could get through a gate. There would be chaos. A pile-up on the ham bands is exactly this scenario in radio hyperspace and we fare significantly better than the general human populace when it comes to crowd control.

I am frankly starting to tire of the negativity that surrounds dxing and pile-ups in particular. We should be celebrating the significant things that we actually get right as a dx community.

Every major dxpedition brings out this whingeing and moaning, yet every major dxpedition logs more qsos than ever before.

Part of the fun of being a dxpeditioner is being the centre of attention – being chased by the mob – if we were to line up every caller via a massive list operation then how boring would dxing be for both the DX and the Dxer.

List / net operations for very rare dx were actually quite commonplace place in the 1980s and were basically criticised out of existence on the basis that it was a form of assisted qso. But – the lists / nets were generally much more orderly than the pile-ups of the day. The Dx community has thus spoken and says that it prefers the pile-up – a pile-up by nature is an unruly beast and it is natural therefore for tempers to fray from time to time.

Of course, there are some people in the world who like everything to be perfectly orderly – they are probably the same people who play golf and also frown when someone uses the wrong piece of cutlery. I personally, find these types of people to be downright boring and often the biggest hypocrites going around. We certainly have our fair share of these types in ham radio – ie preaching about poor pile-up behaviour but often being the first to call out of turn when they believe the super rare one is slipping away. Even worse, this type of person is often the self appointed vigilante, policing pile-ups, berating others and causing far more QRM than any jammer or poor operator. This same person is always supportive of more policing, naming and shaming and blacklists (but opposed to gun control) and probably lives locked away in a gated community somewhere.

In short, I enjoy dxing as much today as I did 35 years ago. For all those who no longer enjoy their dxing may be it is time to consider whether the world has changed or is it a case that you have simply become a grumpy old man? If it is the latter, then may be it is time for you to move onto a new hobby such as lawn bowls or Bridge.

Cheers
Paul – vk4ma

 

 

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