1. If you come upon a pileup, find the exact DX frequency and slowly tune up your KW right on his frequency. Take your time doing this as it has maximum effect this way. The longer you take, the better. It lets others know that YOU are going to call the DX.
2. If you cannot wait to find out the DX call sign, ask, "What is the DX call sign?" On CW send “DX?” Call?" Do NOT listen, this takes time. DO this repeatedly until someone gives you the DX call. This will show all others on frequency that you are serious about wanting to work this DX. This is called sharing.
3. When you find out the DX call, repeat your call over and over again on the DX frequency. Even if he is working split there is a chance he may be listening on his transmit frequency.
4. When the DX says "ABC only"- Don't believe him. If he says "Europe only" - Don't believe him. If he says, "2's only" - Don't believe him. Keep giving your call "XYZ” !!.XYZ !! .XYZ !! How Copy MARIO?" Make sure you use his name when you call him, he may think you are someone he knows. It must work as we hear it on bands all the time so it has to be effective. Don't pay attention to directional calls. When did any DX know what they wanted ? What matters most is what YOU want.
5. To get the DX to work other modes tell him you want to set up a schedule later which is convenient to you. You should wait until the pileup has built up to several hundred and just before the band is about to go out, then ask him to meet you on CW, PSK31, RTTY or SSB at a set time and frequency. Above all, make sure you tell him that YOU need him on these modes. This will endear you in the hearts of all on frequency, it shows that you can work more than one mode and are a well-rounded amateur.
6. If you have worked the DX previously make sure you call him and tell him that he is stronger than the last 6 times you worked him this week. The DX station will want to know this. Others on frequency will respect you more, you will be recognized as a Big Gun DXer.
7. When you find a DX pileup, to bring your operating skills to a higher level and impress all those on frequency - Zero beat the DX send "QRL? Is this frequency in use?" This shows character and that you are truly a caring person.
8. When finally making the DX contact, give the DX some background about yourself, TX, RX, ANT, WX, how many children and grandchildren you have, where they went to college, what size bedroom slipper you wear, or any other items of interest to the DX. This shows that you are not just a 59 kind of guy. This is most effective when the band is just about to fold.
9. After you have worked the DX you will need the QSL route. Although this will be listed on the DX packet cluster, in ARRL & DX News Letters, and on the Internet, there is no reason for you to go to all the bother of reading these sources. You can just keep calling on the DX frequency."What is the QSL Information?" If you don't get a reply with the information after 8 or 10 calls, keep it up, your persistence will payoff. There are plenty of other stations on frequency who are waiting to work the DX who have read these publications and they willing and ready to help you.
I would like to thank Dennis (WA2USA) and Rich (N4EX) for their SOTA activation efforts today ... As well as all the activators I've worked in the past few months....... This morning 5/28/2013... I worked Dennis (WA2USA)at 15:23 UTC (7.033 cw)... on (W4G/NG-023)Big Cedar Mountain in Georgia. This contact allowed me to surpass the 1000 pt chaser milestone and qualify for the SOTA Shack Sloth award !!! Not only did Dennis become a Mountain Goat a few days ago ... he also helped transform me into a Shack Sloth this morning........ Guess I'm now a official " SOTA-HOLIC " Thanks again to all who helped me reach this milestone ... SOTA Rocks !!!!!!! 72 de N4LA / Todd
Hello this is Todd (N4LA) in Denton, NC. Radio-wise, Saturday was a blast. At mid-morning, my buddy Jack, W4TJE and I drove up to Buffalo Mtn with our backpacks and portable radio gear, in Floyd County, VA. Jack and I are the same age (49), from the same town originally in NC (Siler City), grew up together, both learned radio together, and even have common relatives by marriage. After school, he joined the Marines, while I joined the Navy, so it did my heart proud today to show the Marine how a Navy guy humps to the top of a mountain peak (SINGING ANCHORS AWAY WHILE CARRYING BOTH BACKPACKS). So a full hour after I (USN) had made it to the top carrying all of the gear, Jack (USMC) finally arrived, and we were ready to get on air. We set up at the summit at 3970 feet, with me (USN) doing all the work, while Jack (USMC) drinking coffee and telling Iraq war stories (LIES) about How he had trained Navy Seals and physically beat the Taliban into submission !! (This guy can lie with the best of them ) It was then that I introduced him to the world of the Summits On The Air (SOTA). IT WAS AWESOME.!! We operated both phone and cw and put that peak on the air for only the second time. We had stns calling us from Europe to the West Coast, and put over 70 of them in the log before shutting down and climbing down the mountain ( I had to carry Jack, he had ran out of both coffee and war stories ((LIES)) by then). Of course Jack will deny this day till the day he dies !! I can't wait until the next summit ... but I hope jack lays off the doughnuts until then !! By the way this was my very first SOTA activation .... it was also Jacks first activation. So Thank you Jack for still hanging out with me, and the great friendship over all these years. Also thanks to all the stations that showed up to work... without you guys it wouldn't have been possible! Please Note: This story is not true !! ( Hi Hi ) .... but I wish it was !! 73 de Todd / N4LA