The first day of a DXpedition can be challenging for the DXâ€™ers, the DXpeditionâ€™s pilots, and the DXpedition operators. DXâ€™ers are understandably anxious, thinking: “Will I be able to work this DXpedition? I think 12 meters should be open, why arenâ€™t they operating there? I can hear them, but theyâ€™re working JAâ€™s – why not me? The pile up is huge, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll ever get through.”
Pilots in North America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia see their inboxes fill with emails expressing concern. They struggle to answer the many emails and may be saying, â€œWhy did I volunteer for this?â€
The DXpeditioners are still struggling to get everything running smoothly and they are typically dead tired. Unknowns invariably demand change and attention. They may have to QRT unexpectedly to re-route a power cable, install some ferrite cores, repair a shelter, or see where the smell of smoke is coming from.