Re: Proposed Changes to DXCC for Remote Stations - Charge to DXAC

Bill Mader, K8TE

Succinct, reasonable, and fair it seems to me.

The distance is a challenge to determine, but seemingly not impossible.  IMHO, 50 miles is way too small an area.  It takes at least 100-200 to get out of the Albuquerque metropolitan area and to find land one might be able to afford.  250 miles would be well within most HF skip zones for the "non-competitive" aspect of DXCC.  This is not difficult to do (find a compromise) when the participants leave out unrelated topics and set aside emotions.

AA6YQ and other wrote:

Keep the rules as-is
Offer a "single location endorsement" that says that you worked all DX from one small circle. This would be similar to WAS where all contacts have to be made from a circle of a maximum of 50 miles in diameter.

This is just an endorsement and does not affect the existing or any future DXCC awards. It is completely optional.

+ That's not correct.

+ My original proposal left the diameter of the circle TBD. When later pressed, I suggested a diameter of 1000 miles, comparable to the size of a "call area", but more careful analysis should be performed before finalizing this number.

+ It's important that a ham with antenna restrictions be able to construct or rent time from a remote station near his or her QTH without sacrificing their ability to earn the "Single Area Endorsement"; a 50 mile diameter would preclude that for too many hams.


Dave, AA6YQ
P.S. Note my signature block.  It fits in with ARRL messaging, not past thoughts about days gone by, in spite of over 60 years in the avocation.  (most of) ARRL is well aware of current trends.  There are many efforts afoot to overcome past approaches to recruitment.  The Board and Staff are working hard on many fronts to increase membership and make ARRL more pertinent to both current and future membership.  But, much of the efforts fall on deaf (literally and figuratively), uninformed,  or misinformed ears.  As a group, we amateur radio operators frequently communicate very poorly.  Like the DX Code of Conduct, listening (reading in this case) is most important.

73, Bill Mader, K8TE
W6H NM Coordinator, Route 66 On-the-Air `12-20 Sep 2020
ARRL New Mexico Section Manager
ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio
Duke City Hamfest BoD Vice-Chairman 18-20 Sep 2020
Secretary and Past President, Albuquerque DX Association 

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