I remember a conversation way back when I was on the D68C expedition to the Comoros islands in the Indian Ocean. John G3WGV and Mark M0DXR were talking about the pleasure that people get from making contacts with DXpeditions. Mark summarised it in a way that I've always remembered, "for each QSO we make, we're making someone happy". It's a magical way of looking at it and it would be nice to think that it is true.
I was reminded of this reading Dave Richards' AA7EE's blog about his QSO with T32C on 80m with a homebrew QRP and a 40m dipole! It's a great story but what makes it even better is that the operator from T32C, Franky, ON7RU read the blog and commented on it! What really makes it is Dave's clear surprise and pleasure at making the QSO.
Having operated a few DXpeditions over the years, I can safely say that it's stories like these that make it all the more enjoyable. I remember back at 3B9C, I randomly strolled over to a spare station which was free and put out a call on 10m FM on 29.600MHz. A fair few came back and I worked my way through. Soon, I heard a familiar voice calling me, MW0TTU.
Mo, MW0TTU is the aunt of my friend Kelvin, GW4TTU and we had worked many a time on VHF from the South Wales hills. Simply, I replied without callsigns, "Hello Mo, what a lovely surprise, you're five and nine in Rodrigues".
It was lovely to hear Mo's surprised voice as she said "Who's that? Who's that!". Of course I explained quickly and did the more formal exchange of reports and then got back to the pileup, but it was a magical exchange.
It's the QSOs like that that really surprise people and make them happy.