Re: Another One From the Graveyard and a Modest Proposal
John C., John B. and the Group,
Graveyard DXing is kind of a "final frontier" of domestic DX chasers, so as long as the Awards Committee could handle the extra administrative work, I agree with John Cereghin that more recognition should be given for outstanding accomplishments in this area. The "300 in 30 days" DXers seem to gravitate to the Graveyard after successfully meeting the challenge (no morbid pun intended), since these frequencies typically provide the most productive source of new DX loggings. In addition, there certainly is a major challenge involved in attempting to sort out multiple ghostly signals in hopes of catching an elusive ID, or identity clue. Logging distant Graveyarders is an extra challenge, on top of the already formidable task of sorting the local maze of ghostly signals.
This type of competition would also possibly spur experimentation on more directional antennas, and other technical innovations. From the beginning, the theme of Ultralight DXing has always been taking on huge challenges with very simple receivers, and relying on personal skill and determination to make fantastic receptions. I agree with John C. that Graveyard DXing is a special challenge, which needs to be specially recognized and awarded. 100 Graveyard stations logged would be an outstanding accomplishment, perhaps equally formidable (in effort required) to the Master TP, or Master TA DXer award. It would also be great to have a major Ultralight DXing challenge available for everybody on the North American continent, even those with little hope of chasing TP's or TA's. It sounds like a super idea, although with my west coast location the Graveyard has little life to offer :>).