Being a DX Hog – Just Because You Can, Should You?

    By Fred Moresworth AF7S – guest author.

    I just saw a comment from a station stating that he’d worked an in-demand DXpedition in 20 band slots during the first three days. The first thought that popped in my mind was “WHY?”

    Probably because he could. He probably has the power and the antennas to work through the big pileups and make the contact. But, is this necessary? Or is it simply being piggish?

    For the various awards such as DXCC, you only need one per band and one per mode. That’s 9 if you include everything from 160-10m. In all liklihood, these will be a mix of SSB and CW, so even if you add one more for digital, that’s a max of 10, and you have virtually everything covered.

    So does the fact this station has 10 more than mentioned really necessary, especially in the first three days, mean that other stations had to go without?

    In the recent discussion regarding VK0TH and his temporary decision to go QRT, it was cited that some stations had worked him as many as 22 times, while so many others got no opportunity whatsoever, perhaps due to time, or propagation – or maybe because they couldn’t break through the wall of big guns who worked him over and over again.

    It was presented that one of the previous stations on Macquarie, a station particularly high on the “Most Wanted” list allowed only one contact by each station in order to spread the wealth as wide as possible, knowing full well that there was a huge demand that he could never completely fill.

    Perhaps part of the incentive is from sites like Club Log (which I LOVE) has “leagues” where individuals and clubs compete for the most contacts. It ranks members within the same club by how many contacts they have with a certain station.

    I admit that I too have worked some recent DXpeditions 14 or 15 times – even with my 100 watts and dipole – because I could, and I like to fill up the band slots while they’re there. These were typically stations in the Pacific which are relatively easy for me to work.

    But this was generally over a three or four week period, and many of these contacts were well into the DXpedition, when the CQ’s were being sparsly answered. So it’s highly unlikely that I deprived anyone else of an opportunity to work them.

    It seems to me, and this is just my opinion, that the true ham spirit would cause us to make sure that as many stations had the opportunity to work these rarer countries as possible, and to not be a DX hog.

    I have no problem with 22 band slots – as long as the rest of the worldwide demand for at least one QSO is being substantially met.

    What do you think?

    Originally posted on my blog – www.af7s.com

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