Yes, I'm sure small pileups would develop occasionally to work some
station. But without DXCC, I doubt anyone would be risking their lives and
spending a fortune to go to places like Peter I or South Sandwich Islands.
And a QSO with someone in a European country would have equal weight with a
QSO with someone in Yemen.

I'm sure there would be people who wanted to work as many countries as they
could on all bands and modes. But I'm willing to bet the number would be
much smaller.

But that's not the way it is and I guess we just need to live with the
existing situation.

73, Zack W9SZ

On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM, Don Berger <> wrote:

>> Well, let me ask this question: What would the ham radio world be like
>> if there were no DXCC or similar awards?
> Arguably better in many ways. Among them, one could argue the ability to
> have prolonged and therefore interesting discussions with hams in other
> parts of the world would be enjoyable and equally as challenging as DX
> competition.
> The lack of a DXCC certificate in no way limits or precludes the challenge
> of working countries, band-countries, zones, counties, etc... The existence
> of certificates fills a need only among those who are compelled to
> demonstrate their accomplishment(s) to others who presumably couldn't care
> less. The accomplishment remains equal regardless.
> I won't enumerate problems like qrm, too-wide pileup spreads, a life
> outside ham radio, etc...
> Just my take but for every person who lives and breathes dx, there are
> many more who find enjoyment without external considerations.
> Don K1VSK

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