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Author Topic: So what makes a "great" DXer?  (Read 2685 times)
AD9DX
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« on: March 31, 2013, 05:05:58 PM »

So there was a comment made on another thread that was discussing that 4L4FN is down in the history books because he activated P5. But he isn't considered a great DXer. What does everyone think makes a great DXer?
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2013, 05:36:59 PM »


At first thought it might be attaining DXCC or other DX awards, but my take on a "great" DXer is someone that spends time helping other DXers achieve their DX goals.
It might be:
Being on a DXpedition team.
Giving seminars on antennas, and the many technical facets DXers use.
Helping other DXers install antennas, set up their stations.
Elmering new DXers.
There are more categories that come to mind, but helping other DXers is what promotes a good DXer to a great DXer.   

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2013, 05:56:01 PM »

A great DXer is one who has a sustained passion for DX. It's not about awards or wall paper. I know some great DXers who have never applied for anything beyond DXCC, yet they exhibit a complete passion about chasing DX or being the DX.

Their passion is so strong that it rubs off on others. They openly share their ideas, views and techniques in order to help others and to promote this great hobby!
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2013, 06:05:11 PM »

I hove those two answers.
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2013, 08:20:40 PM »

Based on the other answers, 3 immediately come to mind, based on their operating skill, the way they handle pileups, and the countries they have traveled to to give us DXers new countries.  They would be

DJ6SI
OH2BH
G3SXW

There are plenty more but those three quickly came to mind

John AF5CC
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2013, 08:38:35 PM »

The person who enjoys DX-ing, and who meets their own challenges and accomplishments.
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2013, 01:34:14 AM »


At first thought it might be attaining DXCC or other DX awards, but my take on a "great" DXer is someone that spends time helping other DXers achieve their DX goals.
It might be:
Being on a DXpedition team.
Giving seminars on antennas, and the many technical facets DXers use.
Helping other DXers install antennas, set up their stations.
Elmering new DXers.
There are more categories that come to mind, but helping other DXers is what promotes a good DXer to a great DXer.   

Bob
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A great DXer is one who has a sustained passion for DX. It's not about awards or wall paper. I know some great DXers who have never applied for anything beyond DXCC, yet they exhibit a complete passion about chasing DX or being the DX.

Their passion is so strong that it rubs off on others. They openly share their ideas, views and techniques in order to help others and to promote this great hobby!


You can't get a more rounded, yet complete answer than that.
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2013, 05:31:24 AM »

1. Living the DX Code of Conduct

2. Giving back to the DX part of the hobby (QSL manager, Elmer, article author, belonging to a DX club, etc.)

3. Getting on the air
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2013, 06:19:35 AM »

As far as "naming names", I look at the first page in each category of the DXCC standings. I also think that anyone who organizes a DX-Pedition is a great dxer. Those top ops running pileups on  a DX-ped are also my hero's, especially those who ask for West Coast - hi hi.

I know that all of these people are having fun dx-ing.

73,

Rich
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N3QVB
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2013, 06:21:11 AM »

Operating skills.
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2013, 06:45:44 AM »

Vlad UA4WHX
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KD8MJR
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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2013, 04:18:14 PM »

What! Now you want my Parents Names!  Grin Grin Wink
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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2013, 08:21:41 AM »

Tongue in cheek.....

Understand what split means and know how to use your transceiver in split mode

Try not to transmit when the dx is transmitting

Do not call the DX when he is working someone else.

Raise you dipole higher than 15 feet above the ground.

Try to not tune up on the DX frequency

anymore....

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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2013, 08:31:04 AM »

Tongue in cheek.....

Understand what split means and know how to use your transceiver in split mode

Try not to transmit when the dx is transmitting

Do not call the DX when he is working someone else.

Raise you dipole higher than 15 feet above the ground.

Try to not tune up on the DX frequency

anymore....

Great post.  This eliminates a bunch of folks as a great DXer.  Sad but true.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2013, 05:45:13 PM »

I know what doesn't.

A few hours ago, I saw a spot for VK9CZ on 14.155, listening up 5. I hit the spot and the split is automatically set. Really handy. Well, I hear nothing, so I go about my business. I eat dinner, watch the news, whatever. No radio for a couple of hours. Then I see a spot for an FK on 10m PSK. I'm trying to see how many I can work on digital this year. (I'm not going to dignify my effort by calling it Marathon). I need FK, so I hit the spot. I call through maybe half a dozen QSO cycles but can't get through. What's wrong here? I can hear him really well. Then I notice the split box is checked. I move the multi-decode window out of the way and see VFO B is still on the last split frequency. Ugh. I have been merrily transmitting my call with PSK on 14.260! I love DXLab but this is one "feature" I can do without. Actually, it's probably just me misusing the program. RTFM.

I will now crawl back under my rock.  Embarrassed

(Yes, I did get my FK.)
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