I’ve participated in CQ Magazine’s “DX Marathon” contest the last couple years, and 2015 was no exception. I’ve been “all in” the entire year. For those that don’t know of the contest, here’s a link to the DX Marathon Website.
Basically it’s a contest that runs the entire calendar year. You work as many DX Entities as you can, then submit your logsheet by January 10th, 2016 to the Marathon Administrator. They run your submission through a complex algorithm of broken calls, known pirates, etc., then score your results versus other competitors. 1st place in many categories such as band, overall, power level (and more) receives a plaque for their effort, while many other runner up, zones, countries and such can receive paper certificates. Bob, W9KNI writes about his adventures from a few years ago in the book “A Year of DX“.
At a minimum, I’d be willing to bet the All-Time Overall records of 330 (held in a tie by OM3EY and PP5EG) and also North America (329) held by W9KNI, N0FW and K2TQC will get smashed this year. I know I’m doing my part trying to break records this year! And it may be a very long time before the winning scores of 2015’s contest will be challenged. There were more DX Entities on this year than I’ve ever heard before, and there’s still a little over a month to go!
Like me, if you need a little kick in the ass to get motivated in Ham Radio again, this contest will get you motivated. Personally, through 43 years a Ham – several times I’ve lost interest because of one thing or another. Life is like that you know. The 2016 contest starts in a little over a month so get ready to have a little fun. Get on the air. Get active. Go get some!
See you in the pileups!