F6EXV’s Blog

Comments and thoughts about the DX scene

Real hamspirit : HK3W

Hello !

It may look like my posts are pure complaints, but they do not make me forget the good sides of hamradio, on the contrary…. Here is why…

One of my previous posts brought me in contact with a fellow ham operator and great DXer in Colombia, first by email, then through Skype, and we chatted on several DX-related subjects. Among what we discussed was the QSLing, and I happened to mention that I still needed HK on 30m, as a previous contact with Colombia brought no card, and no way to get one.

Immediately, Francisco offered a sked and a promise to not only upload the contact to LoTW, but also send me a card via the postal system. The best thing to mention was that he had to drive about 45 km though the city jams to reach his station. Off he went, the timing was right in terms of propagation… though CW is not his favourite mode, he made the extra extra effort to work me on CW. Nice and clean signal… QSO uploaded to LoTW in a matter of a few minutes, and card in the mail in the next few days….

If this is not “going out of one’s way” to please a friend, then I do not know what it is !

This true ham radio operator is HK3W, Francisco, or Siso as his friends call him. I am glad I met a new friend, and I hope I can reciprocate the favour one of these days. If you hear him on the air, please give him a call, he is a real gentleman.

So there are still many nice people around, do not loose your spirits and hopes regardinh ham radio !

73 de F6EXV


May 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

New trend in QSLing


In the last batch received from the bureau, I have found 2 cards that confirm QSO with F6EXV from 2 different calls… on the same card. One is from China (BT1OB and BT1ON both on 1 card), the other one is even from 2 different DXCC… I single paper card confirming contacts with me from OH0V and OH4A. In the recent past, I have received one single card from 4 different Za calls…

Some cards are meant for multiple calls, but there is no indication which call was worked….

Some of the cards I have received for my operation (along with JR2KDN) as TO5FJ are amazing : QSOs all over the place, almost unreadable…. If your card is designed for single QSO, send several cards !

I wished people would give a little more care and seriousness when they fill in cards.

If this trend goes on, the next step will be confirming QSOs to several different stations on the same card. I think I might try that if I go again on expedition : confirm contacts with W1AA, W1AB, W1AC, W1AD and W1AE (as an example) on one single card. They can just forward the card to each other…

Less and less people send out paper cards, which is a pity as not everyone has internet access, or not everyone keeps computer logs. But if and when you do, please fill them in with a minimum of care and respect for the station you worked.

By the way, many people make sure they have an address on qrz.com. It would be nice of them, if and when it applies, to indicate that they do not wish to receive cards, if they confirm via bureau or not. I have no problem with someone not interested in cards, but let them at least say so…


Paul F6EXV

May 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment