Ok this one wasn’t on the official list of Dayton activities, but is an example of the sort of fun that seems to happen spontaniously at Dayton!
On Saturday Morning I was invited to breakfast to hear about Collins Boat Anchors and to talk DX with several long time DXers – George W9EVT, Joe W9JUV and others who I didn’t catch their callsigns.
I was rather stunned to learn that all of these gents had well over 300 countries confirmed.
Of course all had been hams continuously since a time before I was born.
The commonality of their experience seemed to be:
Stick-at-it – they all had spent years enjoying DXing
Awareness – they all seemed aware what DXpeditions were in the works.
Use of CW – every one of these gents were proficiant at CW, and used it.
Simply Equipment that WORKS, leaving twiddling & fussing to those more interested in technology than operating.
Shacks that were accessable or in the living space of their home – seems they kept their radios as close at hand as a pianist would keep their practice piano.
I am sure there were more lessons that I could have learned from these gentlemen, as the priviledge to hear how they did DX was a treat.
This is the second to last planned post of my Dayton notes – like this unplanned breakfast, my Dayton was full of 100’s of small bits of learning, lots of comradship and was a great time!