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1 “On Being DX” – a few thoughts from the other side of the pileup

2 What we’ll cover A brief career and post overview Getting started Operating as rare DX Being more common DX Challenges Final thoughts Anyone can be DX – you just listen up!

3 Career 27-year Federal Foreign Service career Service in: – N’Djamena, Chad – 6W and EL2 Ops – Manila, Philippines (Clark AFB annex) – KE2FB/DU3 – Bangkok, Thailand – HS0ZCI – Phnom Penh, Cambodia – XU2FB and XUF2B – Sofia, Bulgaria – LZ/K2PI – Brussels, Belgium – ON9CPI – London, England – M0DUO

4 Getting Started Seven steps to success 1.Licensing and the CEPT 2.Know your import rules 3.Station location and discretion 4.Power – RF and EMF 5.TVI/RFI 6.ARRL notification 7.QSL Managers

5 Operating as rare DX It really is an amazing experience Extra 6db Pileups Choosing modes and hours Balance

6 Being more common DX It is still an amazing experience Your “virtual amp has a lower output” Pileups – you are in in them, not are them Modes and hours still important You get to determine your personal challenges Local Hams are more common

7 Challenges The noise level Power Lines Construction and industry Other RFI sources – Power – The “band is open to the middle of the ocean” – The unsolicited entreaty – Money in the Mail – RF safety

8 Final Thoughts Being DX was an amazing experience – 25 year old QSO’s still generating QSL’s – It has been a great way to connect with DX hams – The internet has made it a lot easier – Here is a (mostly) photographic review of the various DX locations…

9 XUF2B as heard from States Honest signal reports, too….


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