Just read the latest uploaded journal entries by 'Hammer Time' Steve, K6SGH and Ann, WA1S as the Shogun closes in on the Clipperton Atoll. I'm thinking about my goals when TX5C begins operation in 3-days. My station is 50-watts into a doublet vying for a QSO. Skill, timing, tenaciousness, persistence, and patience are part of my game plan. Listening is my centerpiece strategy that is, listening to TX5C and their operating style, before leaping into competition.
I'm giving myself 48-hours or the length of this weekend to work the DXpedition. A band plan is important and the TX5C propagation chart increases my odds. The chart is then broken down by each band as well. Likewise, I have a positive likelihood of working the DXpedition because of the location of the Atoll. The TX5C DXpedition, for me, is an important counter toward my DX Century Club (DXCC) award.
- Listen to TX5C operating style before joining the competition.
- Respect TX5C's transmitting frequency.
- Check propagation chart and TX5C's interactive map.
- Work the DXpedition on 15-, 17-, 20-, 30-, 40-, and 80-Meters in one weekend.
- Be patient, afterall I'm 50-watts competing against better equipped stations but, persistence will pay off.
- Listen some more.
I'm looking forward to a weekend of Ham Radio fun.
73 from the shack.