No. 28 February 21, 1998
(Low Impact, Vegetarian, Environmentally Safe DX)
Our longstanding anxiety has been relieved. Instead of waiting months to see if I actually worked 5A2A for my final zone, I know I did because I "read" it on the Internet. Recent expeditions to The Maldives (8Q7AA) and Spratley (9M0C) have their logs posted on the web. Only the card counts, though, but you can find out if you had a "not in log" contact before the gang leaves, and work them again. No more blind "insurance" contacts. In the olden days, Bunky, when Asta was but a pup, the ARRL would accept log data from DX contests toward the DXCC award. Not anymore. But perhaps, there will some day be a way to confirm a "Q" directly from the internet. Of course, youd miss those expensive, glossy cards with pictures of a scraggly group of "portly" hams standing under a palm tree.
DXer Rescued Alive From Pile-Up
Dateline: San Fernando Valley
Pulled barely alive from beneath a stack of frenzied screamers, Len Svidor, W6AUG, was given oxygen, the Heimlich maneuver, electrolytes and defibrillation. He was placed in a hyperbaric chamber and shipped to UCLA Medical Center where he is listed in "guarded" condition. Svidor spent a total of twenty-two hours at the very bottom of the pile, and was still repeating his "last two letters (You-knee-form Golf)." when he was extracted.
"Len was under some real heavyweights, namely W6RJ and K6LD," said close friend, Bob Karon, AA6RK, who was pulled out after eleven hours. "He was calling the 8Q7 on 3795, and wasnt listening on his own frequency. They just all flopped right on him. He had no idea. It was gruesome."
Doctor Irving Blum of UCLA specializes in these cases. In a press conference immediately following Svidors rescue he stated: "Weve had several cases like this before, going back to the original Spratley expedition in 79. Very few who were in the mound for more than fifteen hours survived. A common characteristic of the deceased was, to a man, the lack of shoes. Perhaps Mr. Svidors survival could have been due to the Florsheim patent leathers with tassels we found burned to his feet."
Through the night, a vigilant group of close friends has been waiting for Len to regain consciousness. When the Kingman Reef expedition came on, the crowd thinned considerably.
"This should be a lesson to everyone involved in pile-ups," advised Fried Heyn, ARRL Director, "listen on your calling frequency to make sure youre not being crushed."
This will be my last L.I.V.E. DX column. To you seven enthusiastic readers, I apologize and say "Thank You." For a bit longer I will be editing the Southern California DX Club BULLetin. There just doesnt seem to be enough time for me to dream up the craziness that amuses and inspires me. It may not have been the greatest, but it sure made me laugh. I think sometimes the "Dark Prince of Irony" is controlling me.
Im making some changes in my life as well, Ill be "QRPing" for a while and it seems somehow bogus to report on DX you cant work. But be assured that Ill be stationed before my tiny "QRP Plus" each morning, spinning the dial and looking for challenges. Check with me in a few years, maybe Ill know enough to write a "L.I.V.E. QRP" column. Until then, didididadidah.
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