A few days ago I was searching for something online and was directed to one of the many Web pages curated by Paul Dunphy, VE1DX. But there was nothing there. The page had been removed. A little more research revealed that his site has been mostly culled and no longer exists.

I made a quick visit to his listing on QRZ and was greeted with this:

QRT on HF. As the saying goes, it’s the journey, not the destination. I was a DXer and achieved #1 Honor Roll plus DXCC on 10 bands and 3 modes. There is little left to chase. I dismantled my HF station and my logs are closed. There are other aspects of Ham Radio I plan to pursue.

It’s been fun, and it’s time to move on.

73, Paul VE1DX

This was of particular interest to me since I’m on a similar trajectory. To go QRT on HF — not the DX Honor Roll, but for similar reasons.

I’ve spent nearly forty years on HF and now one contact blends easily into another. I could spend the rest of my life on HF but fail to see the point. It’s been a fantastic journey and I’ve certainly learned a lot about shortwave propagation, antenna design, and operating procedures — mostly CW. But I’ve done that and now comes time to chase other avenues of radio fun.

Still, reading Dunphy’s words about his decision to step away from a lifetime of HF activity was like a cold splash of water in the face.

Sobering. Serious. Final.

Author: Jeff Davis