Unsung Heroes of DXing…

Posted: March 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

Today, I’m writing about some of the unsung heroes of the DXpedition realm. DXpeditions require funds to achieve their goals. Some DXpeditions require more funds than others.

There is a group of men that work tirelessly, day after day and year after year to help make DXpeditions happen. These are the fine men that run the nonprofit foundations that support and fund DXpeditions.

The two main organizations that enable DXpeditions to be funded are the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) and the International DX Association (INDEXA)

These men attend the various ham radio events and club meetings, tirelessly raising money in advance of the many requests of the DXpedition Leaders that are seeking funds. Probably one of their most difficult tasks is rejecting or turning down a request for funding. This is necessary as not every DXpedition can be funded and some DXpeditions cost considerably more than others.

A DXpedition to a South Pacific Island that is activated every few years does not have the same need and importance of the big expensive DXpeditions such as 3Y0Z, VK0EK or FT5ZM. DXpedition organizers need to be realistic and accept the limitations in funding. There is only so much money available in this hobby and these men carefully decide where it is needed most. These men make DX happen. Without the important work that these men do, many DXpeditions to the most important places simply may not happen.

Won’t you support their efforts today with a donation?





What do you think?

  1. Roger says:

    I agree that INDEXA and NCDXF have a huge place in promoting DXing. Only in the last several years, when I got near — and finally entered Honor Roll status — have I become aware of how geometrically difficult it is to activate the last 5 or 10 entities that are at the top of the list. I have been pretty active in DXing for over a decade with a mediocre station. I don’t think I’ve missed working any DXpeditions from countries I still needed for an ATNO except one. That one is DPRK.

    I think one of the hardest parts of DXing is that — no matter what type of antenna farm you have & no matter how great an operator you are — it will probably take 10 to 20 years to work them all.

    Many hams, like myself, really appreciate any group that helps to fund expensive DXdepitions to rare places such as Bouvet, Crozet, Kerguelen, Peter I, etc.

    However, in some cases the barrier to activating certain rare entities is not necessarily expense. It is geopolitical situations — such as is the case with DPRK, Turkmenistan, Pratas, Johnston Island, Baker & Howland, San Felix.

    One of the cool things about DXing is that it is not a “piece of cake”. You have to put in your time and stay focused for decades to climb up there in the standings.

    The fewer entities you still need the harder it is to work each remaining one. When you only need two or three you might wait years [decades???] before that one or two you still need for an ATNO is activated.

    DXing is definitely an endeavor involving aperiodic reinforcement. I guess that is what appeals to people that do this crazy hobby. You have to have diligence and stay focused. Just when things seem hopeless, someone activates DPRK or Turkmenistan.

    This gets to my final point. Groups like NCDXF and INDEXA help promote a responsible and ethical
    clearing house to encourage “best practices” so those rare ones have a shot of really being successfully activated.

    73 Roger K5RKS

  2. Robert Pusch, WD8NVN says:

    I donated some funds to those two fine organizations…. I like what they do..

    Looking into a Crystal Ball, I predict, the NCDXF and INDEXA in the near future ( maybe 7 to 20 years and beyond.) will change and adapt their missions into directly initiating, organizing and executing important Dxpeditions..
    Who in 20 years might go to Peter I Island ? Who in 20 years might go to Scarbourgh Reef ? Who wants to go to Crozet Island ? As far I see nobody will…
    That is what I think…..

    • n6pse says:

      Many of the board members of these fine organizations are DXpedition organizers and Leaders. They have brought us the “best of the best” DXpeditions for the past 30 years. In their “spare” time they raise money to keep DXpeditions funded and to keep the realm of DXpeditioning alive for all of us to enjoy. I think there will always be teams willing to go to the difficult places. The costs for transportation are increasing year over year and financial challenges will be a significant factor in what is activated.

      Clearly, without the important work of INDEXA and NCDXF, very few of the rarest entities could ever see a major activation as the costs are too prohibitive.

      Thank you for your input on my Blog.

      Paul N6PSE

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