[CQ-Contest] Remote and DXCC (was: If this were a contest............)

Radio K0HB kzerohb at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 16:10:21 EST 2015

I've been hamming for almost 60 years.  Every month someone comes up with a new reason why the sky is falling.  So far it hasn't.  I'm having more fun than ever.

Dit dit

73, de Hans, K0HB

"Just a Boy and his Radio"™

On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 12:29 PM, David Siddall <hhamwv at gmail.com> wrote:

> Do you think that the underlying problem may not be remote operation, but
> that DXCC allows counting all contacts from anywhere in the same country
> instead of within a geographic area?  It has been this way only since the
> 1970's, when the DXCC rules were changed.
> Without any remotes, for the past 40+ years it's been relatively easy to
> earn even 6-band DXCC++ in less than a month -- an *almost* impossible task
> in a single month from most stations.  A couple contest weekends at a
> decent (not even the *best*) east coast station and a couple on the west
> coast 4000 km away. Can be Canada or USA.  This year February 20 - March 16
> should work well. All that one needs is a roundtrip plane ticket, contest
> weekends, and maybe a couple of additional evenings and some schedules for
> insurance.   Even though this is not a time of minimum sunspots this should
> be easy if 10 meters is even marginally open a couple of those weekends.
> Doing it this way is cheaper and faster than designing and building a
> capable 6-band station. The time needed is less than most workers' annual
> vacation and the cost of a roundtrip transcontinental air ticket often is
> less than $400.
> Remote operation or non-remote operation has nothing to do with it. If one
> lusts for DXCC, even 6-band DXCC, since the 1970's rule change there's been
> no difficulty completing the task quickly.  If personal accomplishment and
> knowledge is one's goal, well that is something different.  Alone, the
> paper on the wall doesn't tell much.
> 73,  Dave K3ZJ
> On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:31 AM, Doug Renwick <ve5ra at sasktel.net> wrote:
> <     >
>> Now with remote stations permitted, location becomes the main factor.  A
>> new
>> book titled 'The rise and fall of DXCC' published not by the fall
>> contributor, the ARRL.
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