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For some time I have been looking for Robert 5V7BR, wanting a sked on 30m for a new country, as for some strange reason I did not work 5V7C on that band when my friends were there.

This morning, after tuning 80m and not finding anything of great interest, I went to 20m and started reviewing the band. Robert was there, quietly talking to a Belgian station. I called in, he replied, we exchanged a few words about his manager F2VX whom I will see this afternoon, and asked for the 30m sked. Not sure about the best time, I suggested 0800z. At 0759, I went to 10.121 and started tuning the rig. Before I had finished, I heard 5V7BR calling me, coming loud and clear…. Here was my new one on 30m…. Thank you Robert !

Nice way to start the day ! Sometimes DX is as simple as that !



February 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

European discipline


The K5D expedition was once again a great moment for European discipline on the bands, especially (but not only) on 40m.

No wonder many foreign DXpeditioners are really avoiding European pile-ups… Having been on the other side of the pile ups myself, there is nothing as frustrating as spending more than half the operating time trying to shut up out-of-turn callers in order to copy a callsign which got partially through.

Some may think it is a language problem : NO WAY ! Even if you do not speak 2 words of English, when you hear “ALPHA BRAVO, come again”, and your call does not have AB in it, you will understand that the DX is not coming back to you, so you should just QRX until that QSO is completed.

When will European operators understand that discipline ensures more QSO ???

DX : the alpha bravo, 59


DX : The AB only, come again


DX : The AB ooooonly, come again

EU : DJ4.., OK2VVV, AB, HB9XYZ, …

DX : The AB AB AB only only AB, GA

EU : DJ4AB DJ4AB, DJ4AB ur 59

DX : DJ4AB ur 59 QSL ?




Try to figure out how much time was wasted ? Try to figure out how many more QSOs could have been worked in this time frame if things happened like this :

DX : the Alpha Bravo, ur 59

EU : DJ4AB DJ4AB ur 59


Whether this is in CW or phone, same situation….. Yes, there are some cheap licenses in several European countries, with no code requirements. For sure this was an alleged selection for supposedly better operators. This is partly true, as the discipline situation did happen before. But instead of moaning about cheap licenses, let the “old timers” educate the newcomers instead of fighting them. But this education does not have to be done with insults on the DX’s frequency ! Join your national society, join your local club, publish articles about operating properly and ensure all newcomers read them, and more important, understand them !

We all favour more hams, so let’s fight for more better operators.


February 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

K5D now history


The K5D team wrapped up this morning, so this operation is now history.

They did a very good job, considering the propagation. Well over 100.000 QSO is quite an achievement, even though they will find many duplicates in the log.

The DX clusters have shown some negative comments. They come from people that have never been on the other side, so they do not carry much weight… The funny thing is that a lot of cluster guys sort of “talk” to the expedition members, while we know they do not have a permanent internet connection. What is the point in asking them to come to a certain band or mode when they do no read the announces ?

The other thing that puzzled me is the fact more and more spots say “no copy here”.  If every time a spot appears, and those who do not copy post as well, the cluster system will have more “no copy” spots than real spots. I hope this trend does not develop too far.

What annoys me is also the increase of self-congratulating spots. Instead of saying usefull info for others (like the split), they say “TNX nex one” or “TNX 5th band”. Who cares ????? I wished the posters would think in terms of helping the DX community rather than showing off…. Oh well, I guess this is a trademark of our times, which does not mean it is for the better !


February 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Hello fellow DXers !

Hi ! I have decided to create my blog, maybe for my own satisfaction, and hopefully to share some comments about the DX scene.

You are of course welcome to share your comments, in a true ham spirit !

73 and CU

February 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments