With this issue, 73 inaugurates this DX page. We do not go to press with any preconceived format; that will depend largely upon you. We will rely upon the comments and suggestions of those who are concerned enough to make the page a reflection of their own needs and wants.
There is no point in including DX items, expedition news, and ihe like. Our deadline is so far in advance of publication, that by the time you saw such items in print, they would be as cold as a landlord's heart. Moreover, it is not our intention to pre-empt the function of the many news sheets and bulletins in this field. These are readily available and do a splendid job. We urge you to subscribe to one or more of them. They deserve your support.
What, then, will be our function? Just a short while ago, in New York, Wayne and I discussed this. We came to some definite conclusions. We are convinced that there are several areas in which we DX ers can play an important role. Of prime importance, however, is the job of bringing DX back to its position of former eminence. Many of us, concerned with the state of DX, due to highly regrettable events in the recent past, have lost our taste for the game, and are sour, more or less, on the whole idea. This feeling of indifference and cynicism must be replaced by confidence and a sense of enjoyment. DX is badly in need of a shot in the arm.
I think that what happened to DX was the inevitable result of our own attitudes. We permitted DX to become a dog-eat-dog rat race, and inevitably this resulted in a debacle. The end began to justify the means. Right and wrong ceased to have any meaning. Expediency, rather than ethics, motivated the quest for contacts. We began to overlook the sharp practices, cutting of corners, and outright dishonesties taking place all around us.
This is not to say that the competitive factors ought to be removed. Rivalry is a healthy part of all endeavors. Competition is very much a part of the world in which we live. But when a hobby assumes the characteristics of intrigue, conspiracy, and even blackmail and intimidation, then it is no longer a hobby; it is more like war! When hams resort to favoritism, granting preferential ad vantage to individuals and groups, tile entire hobby suffers irreparable injury.
A spirit of scrupulous integrity and fair play must characterize every phase of Amateur Radio, We can only be considered as worthy and reliable as our most untrustworthy DX colleague. Unfortunately, we are judged collectively, not as individuals.
73's award, WTW, is being administered very carefully. Every entry is scrutinized as through a high-power lens. We do not intend to allow dishonesty to be rewarded, and will tolerate no hanky-panky. We and our validation affiliates are determined to maintain the highest level of integrity in this award. The penalty for cheating is absolute and irrevocable; disqualification without reinstatement.
We've always felt it was too bad that DX contacts are always so brief. A merely cur-sury exchange of signal reports, names and locations, followed by the usual QRU, vy 73-tks OM hpe CU agn CL dit dit; this seemed always to fall somewhat short- At this point in time, when nations are seeking ways to establish closer ties of friendship and understanding, DX could be a positive force toward building "bridges of peace" among the peoples of the world. It would be good to develop broader contact, deeper relationship on a personal level, whenever possible. Naturally, we do not mean to imply that an individual should tie up a rare DX station in an interminable rag chew when others are waiting to work him. But certainly we could expand our contacts to a certain degree, seeking ways in which to make friends through radio, rather than mere contacts. We actively solicit suggestions from readers, on this point. There must be many of you who have shared more than the tenuous type of momentary contact which, all too often takes place.
Many foreigners talk about "Ugly Americanism/' If we can change the opinions of foreign hams with respect to this over-stressed image, we will be doing our country a great service. Never forget that overseas hams also have families and associates, with whom they discuss ham radio, just as we do. Many minds may be changed, many hearts may be reached, People respond to a spirit of respect and courtesy. And these qualities can be displayed effectively during a qso. Perhaps we hams can do a better job in this field than the diplomats and politicians; a sort of person-to-person program.
The very nature of the science of communications attracts many persons to Amateur
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