Saturday, April 07, 2007

DX Cluster Abuse and Misuse

N8S is up and running from Swains Island! Cool stuff, hope I can work them before they QRT.

Last night and today I've been watching the DX clusters to see who's working them, what bands, what modes, etc. As usual the morons with all of the "crap" spots have swung into action for the occasion. Why would anyone possibly think the rest of us would be interested in knowing that a) they can't hear them, b) they aren't operating their favorite band/mode, etc.? Imagine how busy the cluster would be if every Ham on the planet who didn't hear N8S posted a message to that effect. Now wouldn't that be special?

Here's hoping considerate DX'ers will use the clusters appropriately. If you're the first one in your area to work them on 40 CW today please spot 'em and tell us the frequency. If there's already 3 or 4 recent spots from your area but you weren't able to get a contact we're all sorry but we really don't care to know about your lack of luck via a post to the DX Cluster. Go grumble to your friends or cry in your beer.

73 and Good DX!

Tim, N9PUZ

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