In my last blog Post, “Damned If You Do” I mentioned how do we fund “minimalist” DXpeditions in the future.
Here’s a few radical DXpedition Funding ideas for nonconformists, mavericks and rebels:
Pay to Play #1. While you’re setting up camp on that remote rock, take a remote controlled radio and charge people across the world to work the pileups. Yep, I’d pay to remote into a station on Bouvet just to work myself! I’m sure there are hundreds, if not a thousand folks that would pay to take a 15 or 30 minute shift working a pileup from Bouvet. “This is 3Y/N0UN, listening up five to fifty, QRZ?” Revolutionary, huh? $50 a slot. Pay the man.
Pay to Play #2. How about Crowd Sourcing? It’s a way to fund the absolute best operators that maximize QSO rates. Presently there are some DXpedition teams that physically can’t even unload their boat, let alone operate with any kind of determination, intestinal fortitude or skill. But they got the loot so they go! Never mind you need full time doctors, helicopters and have to carry extra cases of Geritol. Keep your money Pops, I’d rather donate to a Go Fund Me page for a young foreign operator that can blast CW at 50 words a minute without food, drink or sleep for days and days on end. They are out there. Radio assassins for hire. Pay the man.
Pay to Play #3. $25 QSL and LoTW requests. You work’m, you want (or need) the card or LoTW confirmation? 40,000 QSO’s. 9,000 unique. 2,000 QSL or LoTW requests? 2,000 times $25 – $50,000.00 (on the back-end). No bureau. No LoTW after 6 months. Pay the man.
Pay to Play #4. “Don’t call us, we’ll call you”. Yep, you heard that right. $199 ahead of the DXpedition and they’ll call you on a preset frequency and time. No pileups, no QRM, no nothing because nobody knows where you’re at. Satellite phones work wonders in case of missed schedules. “Hey Lump, I’m set up and on 14.153 listening 14.204.5 calling you, where you at Buddy?” Pay the man.
Pay to Play #5. Charge the folks who charge us. That’s right. You have a Website/forum or Blog that earns money from advertisers showing ads to DXers looking for news? You have a subscription service that charges users a yearly fee that gives DXers the news? Well, be like CNN, Fox and the rest of those news clearinghouses, move those DXers eyeballs and quit fighting over who gets the scoop. You’ll get the “world exclusive announcement” for your news publication, just pay a real thousand dollars! 😉 You won’t even have to “leak” it. Pay the man.
Pay to Play #6. The ARRL should have some skin in this DXpedition game. They created this cesspool with their DXCC program. Why aren’t they breaking loose with some grants to DXpeditions? I believe they have an operating budget of over 15 Million dollars. Why can’t they throw their own damn dog a bone? They sure do collect with their awards programs for national parks and centennial W1AW bullshit. Oh, I see. They create the business (and chaos), then only collect from their business (and chaos). Don’t bogart that joint Homie. Pay the man.
These are just a few of my ideas for funding a DXpedition. I have several more. In my next post (soon), I’ll attack the $800,000.00 versus $60,000 and $150,000 versus $15,000 DXpeditions.
I have a couple ideas there too. And before I get started, know that many of my ideas do not go over well with the old timers that say it bucks their system. Oh well. I really don’t care what they think because when I see requests for 400, 500, 800 THOUSAND dollars from us and the rest of the Ham Radio Community for these Mega-DXpeditions I get to thinking WTF? $800,000.00?
Let that sink in. 800 HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS for a team of operators to go to Bouvet and put some radios on the air so some of us can sit in the comfort of our shacks and try to work them through the idiots, carriers, asshats and Lids. Where do you get that kind of money? Better yet, WHY do you need that kind of money?
See you in the pileup! Come to think of it, maybe you won’t (remember, Pay to Play #4 – “Don’t call us, we’ll call you”).