How Many Does It Take To Spot A DX Station?

This was written by Don Greenbaum, N1DG back in 2005. It still has relevance today!

Q: How many dx Internet mail list subscribers does it take to announce a new dx station?
A: 1,343

1    to spot the dx and and to post to the mail list that the dxpedition has been spotted;
14  to share similar experiences of working the dx and how the dx could have been worked       differently;
7   to complain about the dx operating habits, lack of low band activity, interference to nets,      lack of WARC activity, too wide splits, too narrow splits, or not enough cw;
27 to point out the spelling/grammar errors in posts about the dx;
53 to flame the spell checkers;
41   to correct spelling/grammar flames;
6   to argue over whether it’s “dx-pedition” or “dxpedition”;
another 6 to condemn those 6 as anal-retentive;
156 to write to the list administrator about the dx spot discussion and its inappropriateness        to the mail list;
109 to post that this list is not about splits, cw or low band activity and to please take this          email exchange to dx-l;
203  to demand that cross posting to grammar-l, spelling-l and dx-l about dx be stopped;
111  to defend the posting to this list saying that we all work dx and therefore the posts               *are* relevant to this mail list;
306  to debate which method of working the dx is superior, where to look for him, how              many calls it took -5 being the lowest so far and why this is the worst dx pedition EVER;
27 to post URL’s where one can see examples of better operations;
14 to post that the URL’s were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL’s;
to post about links they found from the URL’s that are relevant to this list which makes        the dx discussion relevant to this list;
33 to link all posts to date, then quote them including all headers and footers and then
add “Me too”;
12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because they cannot handle the
dx controversy;
19 to quote the “Me too’s” to say “Me three”;
4   to suggest that posters request the dx list FAQ;
43 to ask what is “FAQ”;
4   to say “didn’t we go through this already a short time ago on the List?”
141 to ask “How do I unsubscribe?”
1    to ask if anyone’s heard the dx…….
1   more to ask what country the dx is in….

Sound familiar?

73, Don, N1DG