DX Stories by Paul M. Dunphy, VE1DX

World Radio Propagation Study

by Hugh Cassidy, WA6AUD

Originally published in the WCDXB, 9 December 1975

WEST COAST DX BULLETIN - Published every week by the Marin County DX Group. As it often comes to most QRPers, one of the locals got caught up in the glow of the Golden Days of other years and just had to talk about those times. "This World Radio Propagation Study Group" he jumped right off with, "that sure does sound like a good idea and those must have been exciting days with new countries popping up about every week and all the DXers going mad to work the new ones. Everyone must have had a great time in those days. Whatever happened to the good times?"

There are times when, like recalling old summer loves, it is a trifle painful to remember and well we remembered those Golden Days and the "Yes! I did so." and the "Oh NO! you did not!!!" that followed. And hardly knowing how to explain these days to someone who was almost ten years late for the party, we hauled him over to the Old Timer who listened for a bit and then was silent for a long time. Finally the Old Timer stirred and said: "The dream has ended, it always does!!"

And that was all he said and later the QRPer asked us: "Did you understand that?" and we had to admit that we did. Those were great days that did end as most things do. But the years will burnish the good memories and there will be new dreams and new Golden Days and the DX stuff that dreams are made of will come your way. Today will be a golden one for someone and once they are gone, they will only come again in memory.

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