DXing Changes Since 2001
Like the seasons changing, so has the ham radio sub genre of DXing. I started DXing in 2001 and saw quite a few innovations since then:
- Great improvements in radio design. The Ten Tec Orion, Elecraft and Flex gear all stand out in my mind
- Great improvements in antenna design. SteppIR and aluminum designs, plus low noise receiving antenna solutions
- Great improvements in Amplifier design, especially Solid State amplifiers. Elecraft, Ameritron and SPE stand out in my mind
- Different modes. FT8 by far stands out in my mind
- Different ways to DX. Remotes, while controversial are here to stay. I’ve made exactly ONE QSO using a remote so I could experience it and write an upcoming blog about. I’ll leave it up to other ham radio bloggers to discuss what they think is “ethical”. Since it’s just a hobby, I don’t care. But people in the ON4KST chat sure care
- Instant log uploads using sat phones. DXA and other basic uploading software is common today
- LOTW and Clublog – applying for DX awards and QSLing has never been easier, and even less expensive. The actual QSL Card is not quite as high profile as it used to be
- Home brewing has changed. There are fewer discreet component kits but more kits based on modular and even maker like designs
- The DXCC List and DXCC rules that govern the list have changed, but gladly, it has been a stable period. I’m more than happy that the days prior to 2001 are gone. It’s much harder to use your DX clout and lobby the ARRL to change the rules
- My attitude. The end of the era of me chasing DXCC is still months away, but I will continue to DX and do what I have always done – listen as an SWL 98% of the time and TX seldom. Do you know I only have 5000 QSOs in my log since 1973? My log includes 9BDXCC and Honor Roll and 2 away from #1 Honor Roll. Does this mean I’m really an SWLer?
Ok, that’s all I can think of while riding on BART to work today.