Com m uni cation systems sinct 1921
ASBURY PARK. sew jersey 07712, usa
Radio, Non-hams are invariably intrigued with the idea of contacting others via wireless. But I have noticed that the more distant the contact, the more irresistable this attracting becomes. Many times, more often than I can recollect, guests in the shack, only mildly interested in stateside contacts, would become absolutely ecstatic at the sound of a VK, ZL or VR coming through the speaker. There seems to be tremendous incredulity attached to the miracle of overseas communication from one's own home. If we wish to improve the flagging growth rate of Amateur Radio, (and it needs improving,) we can contribute much by exposing more people to the intriguing world of DX. I have used one particular ploy quite successfully. First determining the land o\ origin of the forebears of my visitor, ! would then endeavor, usually not unrewarded, to make contact with the country sought. At the first sound of the familiar tongue from the ancestral motherland one can sense the feeling of tension and excitement, 1 recall vividly one Hungarian fellow upon hearing an HA answer me with the phrase, ''Budapest calling you," practically going berserk. He forced me to promise him right on the spot to help him become an amateur as quickly as possible! At this very writing, 1 am engaged in teaching code and theory to the young husband of one of my wife s friends, lie is so set on getting his ticket that he calls me on the phone every day with questions that stump him; too eager to wait for our regularly scheduled geMogethers-And this came about as a direct result of a 4X4 contact-
How about arranging community DX demonstrations with organized groups: Boy Scouts, Lions, Kiwanis. Rotary Clubs, fraternal organizations, etc. These groups are always on the lookout for program ideas for their luncheons and social evenings. If we can set up portable stations for field days and other events, why not for DX demonstrations. A bit of extra effort on the antenna set-up, and it's a cinch! The potential is incalculable. We might win a bonus in the form of a new unwillingness to condemn us for every malfunctioning TV set, while gaining recruits at the same time. We can contribute a good dea i toward the enhancement of ham standing in the community, merely by organizing such activity. Of course, someone might say, "What's this got to do with DX?" Well, whoever said that the only hams who can set up these affairs are traffic net people, or Civil Defense people? Why should not DX'ers do the same?
You have probably gathered that I feel strongly that the emphasis, which has always been on individual achievement, should be tempered with the spirit of group effort as well. You are correct in your assumption. DX has never quite reached that plateau of collective co-operation enjoyed by other phases of the hobby, I see no reason for DX enthusiasts to remain isolated from one another in the exercise of their chief interest. The reason that the other types of activity are so well thought of, is because they contribute toward the welfare of society. We must also find ways of doing this. Well, how may this be done? In point of fact, it is being done, and a lot more often than is generally known.
I can cite example after example. When earthquakes strike, and floods and epidemics, American DX'ers are always on top of the emergency, giving of themselves* I know a doctor ham who spent over 48 hours at his rig, running patches during a recent disaster in South America. The same ham has never faiied to arrange for overseas shipments of medicines and serums when they were required. Yet? the newspaper coverage in these situations has been minimal, or non-existent altogether. If a kid jumps into a lake and saves a dog from drowning; if a hook and ladder company rescues a kitten from a tree, there's always a big hue and cry,..picture feature stories, and all. But if a ham, through tremendous expense and eagerness to help, saves the iives of entire communities, or gets word through to the survivors of a disaster, you're lucky if you find it opposite i[ie Lost and Found or the used car ads on page 29-
Why shouidn't DX clubs and individual DX'ersget the kind of publicity they deserve. Or is the Little League more important? Or the Garden Club? Or the local standings of the baton twirlers and tiddly wink team? We desperately need publicity so as to improve our public image. And through DX exploits, we can get it. We merely have to get on the ball and establish liaison with the media. How about it? Again, we want suggestions.
Now I come to the piece de resistance. Ive left it for last, not because it's a delectable tidbit, but because it's a tough nut to crack, and demands serious thought.
The presently designated sub-band segments, and those slated to be added to the restrictions next November, while they may be well intentioned, are working special hardships on DX'ers, most particularly the CW operators. Because these sub-bands were positioned at the very lowest edge of the bands, it is very difficult to prevent the intrusion of commercials and other interlopers. The anticipated use of these segments has not approached the projected estimates. There is very little activity on these low ends, leading to some wide-open spaces which are very attractive to unauthorized operators. There does not appear to be any active move on the part of our League to request a change from i'CC. It appears unlikely that any change can take place without the backing of the League. Since the portions in question are, in large pai t, the concern of DX'ers rather than others, I feel that we should carry the bail in seeking the changes. We can do this only by concerted action, through letters on both an individual and collective basis. We should request that the sub-bands be re-located well up within the central portions of the previously designated bands. I am not asking you to make "waves." I simply feel that an error in judgement has been made, and that an injustice has occurred as a result, and that we ought to try to do something about it by communicating with the League. I hope you will give this your attention.
Well, that's about it for this inaugural page. I hope some of it has been provocative. Please get in touch if you think of an idea which has merit. Remember, I told you that the page will reflect your needs and wants. I have no way of knowing what those needs are if you don't express them.
Next time we'll publish the current WTW standings, new certificates issued, and some pertinent data on the award. By the way, some of the fellows are getting so close to the 300 mark, i asked Wayne to have some certificates made up. We surely would like to see more activity on WTW 40 and 80 meters. The other three bands are getting all the action. How about it, people?
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