WA6AUD published the WCDXB for 11 years, every week, without missing one. This is just one of the
stories that Hugh published in the WCDXB, 7 September 1976
The DX Frequency
There are questions often asked that get no answer and last week we were asking some ourselves. We
ran into this local QRPer with the big signal. "How come", we asked, "that after you worked that rare one
a couple of weeks back that all the Sixes were straining to raise above the noise level, that you and a
couple of others stayed right on the DX frequency to visit and discuss things. Didn't you realize you were
QRMing the DX station?"
We got the immediate bristling. We had questioned one of the Mighty! "Look", he came right back with,
an edge to his voice, "I have as much right to the frequency as anyone else. Besides, all my friends
were there and we hung around to see how the others were doing and how the band held up. None of
our transmissions were longer than maybe a minute, were they? And if you can't work DX through a bit
of QRM, maybe you better start taking a look at the gear you are using."
We were getting the feeling that we were still asking the questions but not hearing the answers. "Was it
because there were a lot on frequency who might need to know you worked the DX station?", we asked
and got a short nod. "Maybe so", the QRPer said, "but we were just visiting around and keeping an eye
on things. Nothing wrong with that." Son of a Gun, what does one say when everything has already
been said. Only that the desire to be admired for ones cleverness is often with us and where else can
one find a crowd but on a DX station's frequency?
A man should keep his friendship in constant repair (Samuel Johnson (1755).
Stories, by Hugh Cassidy, WA6AUD