Many years ago, I was almost rabid about working any
DXPedition/special call I could on HF. I got almost
nowhere, even running an amp. Then a kindly mentor gave me
the book by Bob Locher "The Complete DXer". I learned (it
sounds obvious now) to transmit where he/she is listening.
My success rate grew but it became more about what I could
do with the minimum of power. fast forward to a couple of
Saturdays ago when TX5K was on. I thought I'd give it a
try but 20 was a howling zoo so I went up to 15m, and
employed the techniques I'd learned. Sure enough I found
the station that was working the TX5K op, nudged the TX
vfo a hair higher and dropped in my call at his speed.
What do you know, back comes my callsign with the
"standard" 599. Well I'm in the log and it's confirmed on
the website, all this with 5 watts and a wire antenna.
Technique trumps muscle every time, and I am by no means
an "expert" DXer.
I don't avidly chase DX any more but if the opportunity
presents itself, well yeah, I'm up for it, and I know with
the correct technique I'll likely work 'em. Whatever
aspect of Ham Radio you do, enjoy it. If it becomes a
chore then it isn't a hobby any more.
72/3 es God Bless all de Wayne - KC0PMH
On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 8:37 AM,
David Martin <davemrtn@...>
I guess it comes down to what you are trying to
accomplish, or maybe what you
call fun ?
QRP - EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER.
I'm British by birth but American by CHOICE!
Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a
debt we cannot pay...
Lord bless you and keep you
Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious
Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you
God Bless from Wayne Dillon - KC0PMH
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
4 State QRP Group NCS - 40m & 160m
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
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