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Bob Allphin K4UEE. K4UEE has visited 112 DXCC entities and operated from 63. He has participated in 37 DXpeditions, and specializes in activating "top 10 most-wanted" and so far has 9 to his credit! They are Baker/Howland (#8),

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Bob allphin k4uee
Bob Allphin K4UEE

K4UEE has visited 112 DXCC entities and operated from 63. He has

participated in 37 DXpeditions, and specializes in activating "top 10

most-wanted" and so far has 9 to his credit! They are Baker/Howland (#8),

Heard Island (#4), Bhutan (#3), South Sandwich Islands (#6), South Georgia Island (#10), Peter I Island (#4), Lakshadweep (#2), Desecheo (#6) and most recently Saba/St. Eustatius (all-time new one). Malpelo, his latest activation is ranked #12 "most wanted" and set a new World Record for QSOs.

He has 8 "DXpedition of the Year" plaques hanging on the wall. Since

retiring thirteen years ago to pursue DXpeditioning more or less full time,

Bob has participated in 9 MAJOR DXpeditions that have made over 900,000 QSOs.

He is an active contester and has participated in 36 contest DXpeditions.

From the mid 80's through the early 2000's, Bob set five single

operator/single band World Records and was a competitor in two World Radio Team Championships (WRTC) events. The first in 1996 and then again in 2000.

Bob is a member of the CQ DX Hall of Fame, VooDoo Contest Group, FOC (First Class Operator Club), A-1 Operator Club, the Southeastern DX Club Hall of Fame, Chairman of INDEXA, former Chairman of the ARRL DX Advisory Committee (DXAC), past President of the SEDXC and President of The KP1-5 Project.




Pileups vary in size, intensity and

demeanor due to:

-Rarity of the DX station

-Propagation

-Skill of the DXpedition operator

-Skill of the DXers calling


One rule always applies……

when calling---you must STAND OUT from the crowd!


How do you stand out?

-be louder

-be smarter

-be in the “clear”.

or all 3 !


How to be louder

Power---antennas---location


How to be smarter

Determine listening pattern-place your signal

in the right place.

And call where the DX station will listen next!


From the dxpedition s point of view

Here’s how to do it…..

LISTEN to determine his listening pattern. Does he..

Move up or down after every QSO? Or move after several QSOs on the same freq?....place your signal ahead of that movement.

If you cannot hear who he is working, but he starts at the bottom, goes to the top and starts again at the bottom?....place your signal at the bottom.

From the DXpedition’s Point of View


What if you cannot hear who the DX station is working?

but he starts at the bottom, goes to the top and reverses and goes back to the bottom....

place your signal at the lower limit or higher limit to give yourself two chances in each cycle.


From the dxpedition s point of view1

OR….

he starts at the top, goes to the bottom and starts again at the top….

place your signal at the top.

From the DXpedition’s Point of View


From the dxpedition s point of view2

Lastly….

if the DX station is using no discernible pattern….

park somewhere - rather than randomly changing your transmit frequency.

From the DXpedition’s Point of View


HKØNA pileup recording!

What would you do if you were the DX

operator?




Other observations

on what to do:

your calling pattern…

your calling speed…

your phonetics…


Observations on what NOT to do:

First and foremost….if you are not sure you could hear the DX station respond to you…DON’T CALL !

Do not call continuously…time your calls!

If DX station responds to a partial call…don’t call!..unless…

If the DX station has your call correct…don’t repeat it again!

Etc….


From the dxpedition s point of view3

Please remember….

the operator on the “other end”

Hard physical work

Extremes of heat and cold

Animals as neighbors

Poor food and sanitation

Operate 12-15 hours per day for days on end!

Lack of sleep

Paid a lot of money/time to be there!

From the DXpedition’s Point of View


From the dxpedition s point of view4

Many thanks for attending the 1st DX University.

We on the DXU staff hope your time was well spent.

CU in the pileups!

73, Bob

From the DXpedition’s Point of View


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