The 2015 DX Marathon claimed scores are now posted on the DXMarathon.com Website.
For 2015, I decided before the year long contest ever began that I was going to make an attempt to break the DX Marathon’s All Time World Record for World “Phone” I set in 2013 with 323.
And 2015 did not disappoint!
I ended up with a 328, 5 better. 40 zones + 7 CQ entities + 281 country entities. I missed a couple relatively easy points on Phone, but I also bagged a few really rare ones too. But isn’t that how it always goes? You win some, you lose some.
The DX highlight of 2015 for me was working Dom P5/3Z9DX in North Korea (DPRK). Not only a point in the Marathon, but personally Dom was an All Time New One (ATNO) for me.
When I first heard about the DX Marathon in 2012, I thought it was kinda’ neat. I needed something like this to “rattle the cage” a bit. After 4 decades plus in the hobby, I was bored. Almost 4 years later this contest not only rattled the cage, but it redefined what I wanted from the hobby and it provided me the focus to put up some steel and improve my station.
And now after a three year hard run, I’m taking a break. Just like I knew what I was going to do before the 2013, 14 and 15 contests began, I know what I wanted to do before the 2016 contest started.
You may have heard a few months ago I bought the assets of Idiom Press. ARRL Article: Ham Supply Purchases Idiom Press. Idiom Press is/was a Ham Radio electronics company founded almost 3 decades ago by another DX Marathon contestant Bob Locher, W9KNI. I first noticed Bob in January, 2013. He was a relentless DXer in damn near every pile-up I was in. He seemed to be on every band, first on the scene, and he had a signal. Sometimes he’d break the pile first, sometimes I did. But no matter who broke the pile, he was always there. I couldn’t help but notice him.
After a few moths of this “friendly” pile-up competition, the little voice inside my head was asking, “who the hell is this guy?” Take my word for this, I didn’t enter the 2013 contest to lose, and this guy W9KNI was making me really work. I mean really work. I was getting up early to smoke out DX. I was going to bed late because I was checking the bands. I was using every tool known to man to get the jump on W9KNI just to try and beat him to the punch.
Well, he obviously noticed me too, lol. I got an email from Bob introducing himself, then he sent me a copy of his book, “A Year of DX“.
And like the DX Marathon, I couldn’t put it down. I read it in a day. I read it so fast, I had to read it again – twice.
Now I understood. Completely.
And 4 years later, here we are. Best of DX competitors, and best of friends. I’m taking the 2016 DX Marathon off to expand on the vision and company Bob started almost 30 years ago. Have fun in those pile-ups, but don’t worry – if it’s something I want, I’ll still toss my N0UN hat in the ring!
All because of this little contest called the CQ DX Marathon and our mutual hobby of Amateur Radio. The future is bright! Good DX on ya’!