Category: DXCC

Monster tropo conditions

This evening there were outstanding tropo conditions. Monster tropo, as I like to call it. While running the Nordic Activity Contest on 432.190 MHz, FT8 was running aside on 144.174 MHz. The ‘new grid’ and ‘new country’ alerts sounded when LY2J (1200km) in Lithuania was visable. We had a 2-way contact. Later on, the same …

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Half way DXCC-Challenge

Today I noticed I’m half way the DXCC-challenge with 500 band-points. Now that I have access to the 80-meter and (limited) 160-meter band, I hope to achieve 50 band-points on these together before next year. Meanwhile, a worked-indicator in the Logbook shows me new countries per band. I’m still very limited with my antenne set-up (Magnetic …

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1A0C confirmed via LoTW

Most European DXCC’s are in. During the Christmas holiday I managed to work 1A0C, a new one for me. Today I’ve noticed the QSO was confirmed via LoTW. Big thanks to the operators for activate this not-so-common DXCC.

Worked All States – WAS certificate

Worked All States

Worked last state (Wyoming)

Yesterday evening I managed to work the last state to achieve the Worked All States Certificate: Wyoming. I had a JT65 QSO with Jackie, N7MJ on the 17-meters band. He already confirmed the QSO via Logbook of the World (LoTW) so my certificate is requested. I only used a magnetic loop antenna. The current WAS …

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One state left for WAS

Today I was giving CQ on 15M via JT65. Kevin, KH6KX, answered my call from Hawaii, one of the two missing states for my Worked All States certificate. It’s nice to see he’s using a Buddypole antenna while I’m using a Magnetic loop. Tough not bad, both are knitting needles compared to yagi’s. Hawaii is in. …

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QSL from Gibraltar

Gibraltar (DXCC 146 on the most wanted list) is confirmed as of today on the 10-meter band in CW.

The lazy SWL

For some weeks now I notice I get more and more SWL reports from the JT65 QSO’s. Guess JT65-HF is the new skimmer, automatically collecting QSO’s for the SWL. Today it became even more frustrating, receiving an e-mail with ‘PDF QSL card’ and the request to send a card back via direct mail. How about …

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Welcome in the WPX Honor Roll

I noticed that I’ve reached 600 different call prefixes so far. While 400 is enough to get your WPX-certificate in the Mixed category (I don’t have one, DXCC is much cooler), with 600 different prefixes you’ll enter the WPX Honor Roll. And that’s a nice signal to receive: get listed with the other ‘top’ stations …

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And thats DXCC 125 confirmed

Direct QSL today. C31CT confirmed his 3 QSO’s on 3 bands in 2 modes. That makes the 125th confirmed DXCC. Tough I’d rather see a LoTW confirmation it’s nice to see the numbers rising. Now let’s work towards 150. The QSO’s are already  made, but 26 DXCC is still unconfirmed.

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New DXCC: Iraq

After you’ve part the first 100 DXCC it’s get more complicated to work new one. With tools like JT-Alert in combination JT65-HF and the DX-cluster in combination with Ham Radio Deluxe v6 (which shows new and unconfirmed DXCC in the cluster) you have nice help. Yesterday I’ve worked Iraq and today it’s been confirmed via …

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Mixed WAE certificate

Worked All Europe

Mixed DXCC certificate

Worked All Continents

I’ve already worked all continents but never requested the WAC certificate before. The main reason for this is that you can’t apply with LoTW credits. You need to have paper QSL. Via the DARC Contest Logbook however, had the possibility to import both eSQL (AG) and LoTW credits and you can apply for the certificate over …

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Nice QSL card

I’m not a collector of QSL cards and prefer LoTW. But sometimes you need them for let’s say IOTA and WAC certificates. Some QSL’s are clear and simple, some very shine. I like the card received today from Australia: VK3BM.