8BDXCC Becomes 9BDXCC

It took 3 years to earn 8BDXCC and plaque #5516. I did not chase DXCC on 160M seriously at first and swore I wouldn’t bother, but after making Honor Roll I needed a new challenge. DXCC Challenge became really boring after hitting 1500 and so I dropped out of that, but I digress. So, it probably took about 5 years to earn DXCC on…

9BDXCC, Finally . . .

Maybe Friday the 13th is a Good Luck Day? My last LOTW credit that I needed – and the hard QSL card that had to be checked by an Online DXCC App + mailing that JT5DX card to Newington finally happened. Both took WAY longer than normal – as if to mock me – heh heh My $10.50 160M little metal plate has been…

160M DXCC #99: 9Y4/UA4CC

OK, now I have just made DXCC on 160M and 9BDXCC 100% from my own back yard. Some of you had asked what happened to #99 – well, I had worked one of my 100 using my friends remote on the East Coast. Part was to see what the East Coast could hear on 160M – and believe me – it was an eye…

160M DXCC and 9BDXCC – Thanks to Bernie, W3UR!

#100 from V47UR, Bernie, W3UR while on Vacation Our QSO was literally right at Bernie’s Sunrise! A classic grey line “enhancement”. Bernie and I have been trying day and night – using the ON4KST Chat. I have made a small handful of such QSO’s, which I guess you can call “assisted” with the Chat, but in every case, the operator insisted that we have…

KY6R “Post DXCC” Station

I’m back to the Elecraft K-Line, plus the DX Engineering NCC-2 and phased Wellbrook ALA1530LNP Imperium loops for receive. My 20M yagi has been replaced by this Cushcraft D40 rotatable dipole. I will do extensive A – B testing against the DX Engineering DV-40-P phased vertical array, especially with ZS6CCY. The Inverted L that has a special home brewed UNUN / Balun base switching…

Its 40M Antenna Test Time!

With the cancellation of 3Y0Z, I went out back and took down my two temporary antennas that I had up for Bouvet – the 2 element 20M yagi and the 40M doublet – which is a 17M EDZ. This morning I swapped the MFJ-1886 with the NEW Wellbrook ALA1530LNP. Tomorrow I will also re-arrange my station a bit. I will be using the Elecraft…

160M DXCC and 9BDXCC: Four More to Go!

I’m only 4 away from DXCC on Top Band and 9BDXCC. These are both very big deals – especially for the West Coast, and using antennas that I designed and built on a small suburban lot down in a bowl below an old volcano about 20 miles east of San Francisco. Last night I listened to the pileups for Z60A – using an East…