DX Stories by Paul M. Dunphy, VE1DX

Working Portable

by Hugh Cassidy, WA6AUD

Originally published in the WCDXB, 29 March 1977

One of the Local QRPers roared up the hill last week, this one a boiling with indignation. "Remember the station on Penryhn last summer? That ZK1 that was there?" We had to admit that we did and the QRPer was even more irate. "Well, I just got the word that I will not be getting a QSL card. And just because my card did not show that I was portable when I worked him. What do you think of that!!" We had to ponder this one a bit for there are a number of twists in the road to DX and we suspected we had come up against one of them. "Where were you when you worked this Penryhn station?" we asked. "Seems that I recall you being home all last summer." The QRPer was not abashed. "Sure I was home. But I needed him and when he stood by for Zero District I just called him 'portable zero'. I had to do that from several call districts before I got him. And I might never have worked him if I'd waited for him to get to the Sixth call area. No one ever works sixes."

Son of a Gun! What does one say in a situation like this ? "But isn't this all a bit unfair?" we asked and we had the QRPer jumping around again. "It sure is", he said, "It sure is unfair for him not to send me a QSL after I had worked so hard. What do you have to do to get these fellows to realize how unfair they are?" We had to be silent at this point for self-justification is a great solace and this QRPer had all he could absorb. And again it is good to note a DX station which moves to control the action and our silence was to wish him well!

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