Hams work day & night to achieve their DXCC award, here I am sharing three tips that you can apply for reaching 100 DXCC entities in a short time.
Most of the software used for digital modes show you whether a ham is present on eQSL and LoTW or not. It will be less useful for that Ham to have a QSO with you if you are not present or active on these platforms. Because at the end what matters is a QSL confirmation which is faster in the electronic mode (eQSL and LoTW). It is helpful especially if you are looking for the country, continent, prefix or zone awards.
Let’s say you are present on eQSL (But not on LoTW), and you’ve found a Ham sending a CQ from Croatia which you need for a DXCC Award on eQSL. At the same time, the Ham from Croatia also wants India for his DXCC on LoTW, but he is not present on eQSL. Now, the chances are that you both will have a QSO, but will it help you with your goal, apart from just adding one more QSO record in your logbook and increasing the number.
Many times you might come across wherein you are responding to a CQ call, but you may not hear from that Ham, just because you are not active on eQSL and LoTW. This way you will lose an important entity in the future or maybe a rare station. Database of the callsigns of those who are registered on eqsl.cc and LoTW Comes inbuilt with software like JTAlert, but they have to be updated regularly.
This software also provides an option to check off the Hams who are present, but not active. That means if you haven’t logged a QSO in the last 1,2 or 3 years, the software won’t show your callsign to the other hams who have set this option in their software settings. Only registering on eQSL or LoTW is not enough, you need to update your logbook at least weekly, if not daily. Hams usually ignore the QSL settings inside the QRZ.com profile page. I’ve seen this during my DXCC pursuit.
Let’s say you are on 20 meters band right now and it’s 6 pm, the time when the band is usually wide open, and you are seeing 20 to 25 callsigns appearing on your JTAlert. You then decide to send a couple of CQ on the air. Chances are you will be replied to by at least 3 to 4 hams, and by the time you complete replying to all those four hams, more hams who do not have India in their DXCC Wanted List will come to you.
Now a good ham would never avoid replying, he will positively respond once he has completed the call cycles if not immediately because you might be in the middle of a QSO. But imagine, in the middle of all this, you see a rare station or a rare island country close to Europe or West Africa, sending a CQ or having a QSO with someone else. It’s the DXCC entity that you want desperately for reaching that 100 figure. What are you going to do?
What I want to emphasise is not to stop sending CQ completely, but to wait for a wanted country. Once they appear, reply to them, and complete the QSO. And while doing this, your call signs also appear to the world on JTAlert. So once you finish your QSO, start responding to the CQ calls you are now receiving. It’s a fair practice wherein you are not disappointing anyone out there looking for you or your country entity.
So you’ve just completed a QSO and got a new DXCC entity in your logbook. Hurray!! But what about a QSL Confirmation from that Ham. Is he going to update his Logbook tonight or next week or he does it every January like one of a Ham from Mongolia. Let’s say you’ve got 92 DXCC entity with QSL in your logbook, and you are working hard to get eight more. You found a new entity couple of days back, let’s say Argentina for example, you had a QSO with that Ham (let’s call him Gabriel), he is on LoTW and eQSL, all looks good, and you have ticked off that country from your list, assuming that the Gabriel would upload his logs in a fair amount of time.
Now today you have found another ham on the air from that same entity (Argentina), and chances are you might ignore it, and continue looking for new entities, only to discover a week later that Gabriel uploads his log after every three months. The point here is, you should follow up with each and every ham you have a QSO with, just put in the words coming from your heart, write a 5 line email, greet them, say hello and express the happiness that you had a QSO with them while putting up a request for a QSL (Log Uploading).
By doing so, you will not only learn about his uploading schedule but would create a friend, maybe exchange more emails on possibilities of doing a scheduled QSO on other Bands or Modes. It’s one world one language.