As March winds down, I thought an update might be in order. This coming weekend, starting 5pm Friday (local) is the CQ WPX SSB DX contest. For those that enjoy HF contacts with DX stations, this is a major opportunity to fulfill your greatest DX desires. Hundreds of thousands of DX stations ready to work, all on at the same time! Contests are the best way to many DX contacts quickly.
You might reject the idea of participating in a contest, not being the competitive type or whatever, but contests are the perfect venue to really work DX, and are not all that complicated.
Each contest has it rules, and a specific "EXCHANGE." In the CQ WPX contests, the exchange is a signal report PLUS a contact serial number. Your 1st contact is "1", 2nd contact is "2", etc. All signal reports are "59". We can have a discussion some day of why contest signal reports are almost always "59", but suffice it to say here is there are very good practical reasons as to why. So how does the typical DX contact call go? For an example, suppose you dial across CN2R from Marrakesh, Morroco on 15M: