Rusty Epps W6OAT. Rusty was first licensed as KN4BVD in Columbus, GA in October, 1958. He won the Novice Roundup for Georgia in 1959 (his first contest). He was active in CD Parties for two decades, with many ARRL section victories. Rusty created the GA QSO Party.
Rusty was first licensed as KN4BVD in Columbus, GA in October, 1958. He won the Novice Roundup for Georgia in 1959 (his first contest). He was active in CD Parties for two decades, with many ARRL section victories. Rusty created the GA QSO Party.
He was a founder of NCCC and organized the NCCC's first-ever club DXpedition to XE1KS/2 for 1971 CQ WW CW DX Contest.
Active for decades in ARRL DX and CQ WW DX Contests. Numerous wins and records held. Has participated in dozens of multi-op contests, domestically from stations such as K4BVD/6, W6OAT, N6RO, WA7NIN, K6EBB, K6IDX, and internationally as PJØFC, HC8N, P4ØV, P49V, P4ØHQ, A61AJ and YKØA (for which he was the primary organizer).
Has authored numerous articles on contesting which have appeared in QST, NCJ and club newsletters.
Has been the Section Communications Manager for the ARRL's San Francisco Section, an Assistant Director in the Pacific Division, a Sixth District QSL Bureau card sorter, and an ARRL Volunteer Counsel. He is a Director and President of the NCDXF and Director and Treasurer of The Yasme Foundation. Past president and director of NCDXC
He is the holder of DXCC (373 countries confirmed), #1 DXCC Honor Roll, 5B-DXCC (number 74), 5B-WAS (number 44). Presently serves on the CQ Contest Committee. Was inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame in May, 1996 and into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in April, 2005.
Ethics: QSLing, Internet,
Rusty Epps W6OAT
Pushing the Limits
“Rules” for DXing are different from the rules of contesting.
In DXing, YOU usually are the one who decides what is or is not acceptable.
Tuning for it
Confirmation data for two-way communications must include the call signs of both stations, the entity name as shown in the DXCC List, mode, date, time and band.
DXCC Rules, Section I, Rule 4
With a pre-arranged sked, both parties already know the:
What’s left to know?
From where must the QSO be made?
All stations must be contacted from the same DXCC entity. The location of any station shall be defined as the location of the transmitter. For the purposes of this award, remote operating points must be located within the same DXCC entity as the transmitter and receiver.
DXCC Rules, Section I, Rule 9
All contacts must be made using callsigns issued to the same station licensee. Contacts made by an operator other than the licensee must be made from a station owned and usually operated by the licensee and must be made in accordance with the regulations governing the license grant. Contacts may be made from other stations provided they are personally made by the licensee. The intent of this rule is to prohibit credit for contacts made for you by another operator from another location. You may combine confirmations from several callsigns held for credit to one DXCC award …
DXCC Rules, Section I, Rule 10
QSL Cards and QSLing
Written Proof: … Photocopies and electronically transmitted confirmations (including, but not limited to, fax and email) are not currently acceptable for DXCC purposes. Exception: Confirmations created and delivered by ARRL’s Logbook of the World program are acceptable for DXCC credit.
DXCC Rules, Section I, Rule 2
All confirmations must be submitted exactly as received by the applicant. The submission of altered, forged, or otherwise invalid confirmations for DXCC credit may result in disqualification of the applicant and forfeiture of any right to DXCC membership.
DXCC Rules, Section I, Rule 11
Via Postal Direct
No callsigns, Sealing
Your callsign, Folding, Sealant
IRCs, currency, stamps
Easily readable, Your callsign, Info all on one side
Via QSL Bureau
Via Traditional QSL Service
Via Online QSL Request Service (OQRS)
Request via bureau
Request direct postal mail
Include a contribution
Via Logbook of The World (LoTW)
A QSL is not merchandise for sale, but the final courtesy of a QSO (from the website of Paul Granger, F6EXV)
Contrary to popular belief in some quarters, a QSL card to confirm a QSO is not a "right". In the same vein GM3VLB does not consider it a requirement on his part to automatically reply to all QSL cards received. Were he to do so, the task would take up an inordinate amount of his already limited time. … It is arrogant to suggest that 'QSLing is the final courtesy of a QSO'. Is it not enough that someone has spent a lot of time and gone to a lot of expense getting equipped for portable operation, and perhaps travelling in severe sea/weather conditions, often making difficult landings, and operating in most uncomfortable surroundings? Is it then fair to expect that person to have thousands of cards printed at their own expense AND to also pay return postage? (from website of Andre Saunders, GM3VLB)