Recently I’ve read a few blogs and a few QRZ pages where they opine one way or another about DXing “awards”, which I really believe are personal “operating activities”. Some care for them, some don’t.
There are five activities / awards that I am most proud of, and it helps that years have passed now and so that I have an “evolving” perspective. I think its human nature to always be most focused and put highest priority on what we are striving for and that sometimes past accomplishments are relegated to history and maybe even taken for granted. Maslow’s Hierarchy I would guess . . .
Its been 2 years since VK0EK and everything associated with that big multiyear effort. I am starting to relegate that to ancient history. I know I will work 9BDXCC and DXCC on 160M, and while its the latest and hottest iron in the fire, I’m just trying to get it over with.
The ONE accomplishment that I still can feel really proud of is the DXCC Honor Roll. There is something so unique and special about it – its just the way the program evolved and the history behind it that has that “certain something”. Its like the best Baseball Card Collection.
This list has waffled around a bit, and I need to update my QRZ page to tweak it a bit, but here are the accomplishments that I think deserve some bragging rights:
These are the things I do not have to get apologetic about – the things I know deep down were serious accomplishments. I also am coming up on 59 years old, and have been saddened by recent events where one famous DXpeditioner or another DXer passed away at this age or near it. Several contester and DX publication legends have also just passed. It makes me double down and appreciate what I have done and that I did it later in life. DXCC is an anachronism, and while I have some feeling that its will get a lot harder to do starting in about 10 years, there is something so lasting and powerful about it – that it might survive all of the challenges in money and access that threaten it.