Contesting for DX, Play our Game!
- Yes, contests are GREAT for chasing DX. I especially enjoy the three
or five days before when the DX is putting the shack together. He
will often call CQ before the 'test to check out the shack. That's a
great time to put a new one into the log. The competition is not so
And in a contest the exchange is short, sweet, and the DX really likes
to have your QSO in the log. In and out, then chase the paperwork.
That's a great way to get new ones. And the contesters seem to like
sending out a card in exchange for the point in the contest.
However, your antenna problems will take you out during some juicy
contests. Isn't the CQ WPX in early March? Phone? I'll have to
check. I so want to get my tower together. Some really great DX is
coming. Check out Clipperton Island, for example. Not that they'll
be contesting. Yes, that was an official "thread drift."
--- In WestMichiganHams@yahoogroups.com, <k8mhz@...> wrote:
> "Not to brag but I've got 1600+ QSOs in the log and over 400
> You were using an antenna, weren't you? :)
> My HF station is down due to the recent windstorms taking out my
antennas. They won't be back up until spring. And then, I think I am
going with a vertical as all three of the one's I have survived. (2m,
440, 10/11m all on the roof) and have been up for years without coming
down, even with Category 1 hurricane force winds. Yes, that is what
we had here Monday. 78 mph gusts. When we had the derechos Muskegon
only clocked 62 mph winds.
> Cool about the presentation for contests. I have found that when
the contests are on the air they provide a great means to work all
sorts of DX that you wouldn't normally be able to do. I only have
about 325 QSL cards from 60 or so entities but many of them came from
working contest stations. All hard cards, none of this LOTW stuff,
either. (My dad collects stamps, I collect *real* QSL cards.) :)
My cards are worth more to me than my radios. The radios can be replaced.
> Mark K8MHZ