Gus Browning Memorial DXpedition

How DXing has changed. 2015 vs. 1965.

How has DXing changed. It’s gotten an awful lot worse.

An op-ed…

Back in 1965 there were approximately 250,000 licensed ham radio operators. Today there are three times that many. Of course not all chase DX. Ham radio has changed a lot.

Another factor that weighs heavily contributing to the increase in numbers on the ham bands is the FCC’s decision to ditch morse code proficiency from the licensing requirements. And I think this directly contributes to more phone LIDS.

Having only been back on the HF bands for a month or so, I am finding phone DXing several times as bad as I did back in, let’s say, 1965. Yes, there were jerks in the old days, but they were the exception. These days the lack of manners, poor etiquette and generally snarly behavior in pileups leave me disgusted. Pileups are out of control. And if you’re lucky enough to be working a split pileup, the on-frequency comments from jokers never seem to stop. I’m not talking about the frequency police, I’m talking about the trolls.

There is no stopping these LIDS. You can create a code of conduct. Beg them to abide by it. But they will continue on as is. LIDS. Jerks. Selfish. Selfish. Selfish. Let’s be honest. There’s no stopping them. The FCC would have to start yanking tickets — and that’s not going to happen — unfortunately.

I intend to pick up a RIGblaster Plug & Play and a paddle forthwith — and get back down on CW where things are somewhat more civilized. I will get my Extra as well. That should provide even more insulation. And I intend to try some DXing on the new (to me) digital modes like PSK31. The RIGblaster will let me do that as well.

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