Have you heard about DX-peditions and are interested in them already? Historically (and note: there is a lot of history involved), DX-peditions have been off-limits to ‘amateur’ DX-ers and have stringent requirements that need to be attained before you would be able to join.
While that may be the case for some of the more ‘rare’ DX-peditions, nowadays there are numerous DX-peditions to less ‘rare’ locations that are open to newcomers. The only real requirement for these is that you’re willing to learn and put in the hours to do so.
But why should you join a DX-pedition in the first place? Honestly, there are 4 really good reasons:
It is a great way to learn
Imagine going to a remote location surrounded by experienced DXers who have ‘been there’ and ‘done that’ and have a thorough knowledge of operating on the airways. It goes without saying that as a learning opportunity, DX-peditions are second to none.
Add to that the fact that many of the DX-peditions that are open to newcomers focus on mentoring and training its members and it is easy to see how a weekend away could help you to learn more about DXing than you would in a month.
It can help you to get rare contacts from various locations
Because DX-peditions are organized by experienced and savvy DX-ers they provide optimal conditions. Expect to be somewhere remote with great reception and be able to contact some pretty exotic stations.
For a DX-er first starting out, this can be a great opportunity to expand your horizons and your contacts at the same time. Odds are your own conditions at home (or wherever you DX from) are less than optimal, so this will give you a peek at what you could achieve in the future.
It is an adventure
Although the idea of going on a trip and sitting down and listening to a radio may not sound like adventure-type stuff, it really is. Expect to travel for hours on end to a remote location and stay in some pretty bare conditions since everything is being done to keep costs low.
Going on a DX-pedition is a rigorous activity, and the hours you spend while you’re there will certainly demand stamina and perseverance. Add to that the physical demands of carrying all that gear, loading vehicles, cooking, and so on and you can expect to be worn and tired by the time you’re done.
It is fun
Undoubtedly this is the single best reason why you should want to go on a DX-pedition: It is just downright fun. Traveling while surrounded by like-minded people who share your passion for DXing, learning from them, discussing it with them, and going through the experience of DXing in a new location – it is really a ton of fun especially if it is your first time. It is something that every DX-er should experience at least once, and if you do odds are you’ll want to experience it again, and again.
Are you convinced to join a DX-pedition yet? It is something that you won’t regret, but you should definitely not jump on board the first one you find. Look around and see what is out there, and pay attention to what sort of experience is expected as well as how much the trip is going to set you back.
Considering how many DX-peditions are being held nowadays, it is safe to say that you’ll undoubtedly find one that fits your interests sooner or later – just keep an eye out till you do.