Topband: New way of DXing on Topband

Richard (Rick) Karlquist (N6RK) richard at
Sun Jun 20 22:13:59 EDT 2004

A DX station recently told me that he received a QSL
card from a station "confirming" a QSO at a date
and time when the DX station actually worked me.
For some funny reason, I actually remembered this
other station's call from the pileup.  I'm sure it
was an honest mistake on his part.  The DX station
wanted to make sure that he didn't work this guy
and just copy down the call wrong.

Rick N6RK 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: topband-bounces at
> [mailto:topband-bounces at]On Behalf Of Tom Rauch
> Sent: Saturday, June 19, 2004 8:37 AM
> To: zoltan.pitman at; topband at
> Subject: Re: Topband: New way of DXing on Topband
> > Is this the way how topband DXing is done and should be
> done???
> >
> > I think some people are fooled by thinking that the number
> of QSLs they have
> > from different DXCCs qualifies their efforts and not the
> way how they have
> > got them...
> Zoli,
> If everyone could sit and listen to both sides of many "new
> countries" being worked, they would realize it really
> doesn't matter about the cluster confirmations, schedules,
> or thanks AFTER the QSO. One of the first WAZ's published on
> 160 was with 18MHz contacts and dots put in between the 1
> and 8. The guy never even had a good antenna.
> Sometime just after or just before the first trans-Atlantic
> QSO the idea of actually copying an exchange and making a
> 100% QSO based on what we actually hear and actually work
> disappeared, so there is no reason for anyone to worry about
> what anyone else does. Since what we all think is a QSO
> greatly varies, it would be nice if we all just smile and
> say congratulations to everyone for every contact they think
> they made and every award they think they deserve.
> Many (or most) DXCC and WAZ totals would change
> substantially if non-QSO's were removed and some of the top
> scorers of DXCC on multiple bands actually never made many
> of the QSO's they claim as 2-way QSO's, so I don't see how a
> packet schedule or after the fact packet confirmation
> matters in the least. It's all very silly to compare awards.
> I like to worry about more important things like the new
> antenna technologies that allow shoe-boxes to hold the
> contents of railroad cars, and not ruin other people's
> enjoyment of what they enjoy doing.
> 73 Tom
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