Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho. Photo by KY6R
In retrospect, the most important thing to do as a DX-er is to Just Do It. Make Hay While The Sun Shines.
Its funny how time is marked with another kind of clock – we have calendars, clocks and can count the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years, but some times you get that one chance to work a rare DX and you better be ready. Some of these buggers don’t come around but a couple times in a lifetime. By lifetime I mean the life of your DX-ing – which in many cases is just a subset of a lifetime.
I’ve learned how important it is to diversify and try new aspects of our hobby. I used to just sit around during the summer pining for the Autumnal Equinox, which happens to be my favorite time of the year, but I can’t remember when, I decided to stop waiting for “DX Season” and try something else.
Here in the SF Bay Area, June and the beginning of July can have this wonderful mysterious fog. It comes into the Bay and sometimes pops over the East Bay Hills and socks in Orinda. This has happened now after last weeks 100 degree week long heat wave. This weeks and last weekend were perfect days to work on my antenna – rain stopped more or less in May and we don’t get a drop until usually one day on October, but really, it doesn’t start again until November.
Today is the first day where the days start getting shorter again – by one minute.
I do wonder about the 3Y0Z Team and wonder about raising $200K that they need. That seems to be an awful lot – but I also know that this team is perhaps the best of the best – or maybe head to head with some of the “5 Star Teams”. The principles of this team have been on 10 DX-peditions of the year, and no other DX-pedition Leaders come close to that.
My 160M goal this summer is to perhaps work between 1 – 3 new ones. As far as Top of Honor Roll, there is 3Y0Z and Glorioso left. I am convinced that when Glorioso happens next time I will need to use a remote or perhaps satellite. I wonder if DX-peditions might start using satellite more at the bottom of a cycle.
Speaking of that, an email just popped in my inbox with this very timely video:
When we get to the bottom of the cycle, I dream of the years where 160M all of a sudden comes to life. Having been through years of getting my Top Band antennas together, I fully understand why DX-peditions usually don’t pay as much attention to Top Band. About 1/2 of the Mega DX-peditions actually do a good job on 160M, the other half have been very disappointing. FT5ZM, K5P, TX5K, K9W and VK0EK all did great jobs on 160M. There were quite a few in OC-Pac in recent years that were just about non existent.
OK – back to the Maker stuff – DXCC and DX-ing has been really boring lately – the last new one on any band was over 3 months ago – so there has been basically no “DX-Citement” in the KY6R shack. Even the ZS nightly and morning paths have dried up. Luckily, that has been replaced by excitement in the Maker world and by going to Dayton, receiving DX-pedition of the Year and re-tooling the equipment in my shack.
I will be fully prepared for the Fall and some DX-peditions that I have heard rumors about – where I will need to have my low band antennas together.
Speaking of that – I am giving the 9 AM presentation at the Pacificon Antenna Forum, and my presentation will be a modified version of one I gave at the East Bay Amateur Radio Club (EBARC) in February.
The corollary to Carpe Diem is Tempus Fugit – I have been at Credit Karma and so busy at work that I cannot even believe that the second quarter is up – my first three months there have just flown – and in no time flat we will be at the doorstep of the fourth quarter, Pacificon, and like I said a few exciting DX-peditions where I will finally get to add some Top Band New One’s.
OK – so today will be 1 minute shorter than yesterday. We’ve turned the corner and Top Band lovers get that extra minute of darkness!