Collins 75A-4 and CW

My friend Tom, WY8K will bring his KWS-1 RF Deck over soon – and we will do a quick test to isolate whether my no Grid Current problem is the Power Supply – or my RF Deck. While I am waiting, I have been listening to a traffic net on 80M, and I must say – this is the nicest sounding ham rig that…

2018 is in the Rear View Mirror – all Eyes are on 2019 Now

Click on the image to download the latest PDF version of this chart . . .  I received a request for the latest version of this chart – something I created back in 2013. The DXCC list doesn’t change often – but it has since 2013. Since its a chart about time and the history of the ARRL DXCC program – it seems like…

The DXCC Ghost of Christmas Past

Clinton DeSoto, W1CBD This is a fun little “ghost of Christmas past” story . . . My next door neighbor looks exactly like Clinton DeSoto – its really quite amazing – even a bit startling. My neighbor is a hermit – lives alone and has let all of the trees and brush grow around his house so you can hardly see it from any…

DXpeditions and Cycle 25: Last Man Standing?

I recently read a comment by several DXpeditioners who have said they either have or will retire after Cycle 24. There is no doubt that the pool of those capable and willing to pull off a Mega DXpedition will start to diminish – and I’m talking now – if it hasn’t already happened. Looking at the best site for DXpedition listings: https://www.ng3k.com/misc/adxo.html There are…

Question For The ARRL: Is DXCC on Auto Pilot?

Fall of the Berlin Wall – November 1989 I’ve now had three DXers tell me that “If I were to start DXCC today – there is no way I would ever make DXCC HR #1”. Of course – that is true – given today’s list, but lists can and have changed over the years. I then started wondering why there was a gradual increase in…

Fall Project: Adding 160M To My Remote Switch

I have a remote switch for 75 and 80M (R1, R2 and R3), and by adding in a relay before these, I can switch between my 60′ tall 75 / 80M vertical and a Cushcraft MA160V for Top Band. This would be a couple hour project – and one that I need to try to get done before VP6D – which is the next…

ZS Long Path Opening Again

It seems like the 40M Long Path and even Short Path has been weaker than normal over the past month or so – but this morning I did start hearing them better. Last night I also heard DF2BO on 40M SP – which is another indicator. We have had 15 straight days of blank sun – no sunspots, so this probably has a lot…

The DXCC “Canary in the Coalmine”

While writing about BQ9P – Pratas Island on my DXCC Sleuth Blog https://dxccsleuth.blog I realized that I often think about DXpedition announcements in terms of Three Tiers: Very Rare due to remoteness, cost, harsh weather. This includes all of the South Seas entities that do not have a permanent scientific base Entities that are Remote or have significant Environmental rules that prohibit access to…

DXCC and Me: “Multi-Path Fading”

Signal Multi-path Fading . . . 3Y0Z and its demise has had a bigger impact on me than I would have thought. It really felt like the end of an era to me – in several ways – for the DX Community as well as me personally. Around the same time that 3Y0Z announced that it was cancelling the project for good, Seb, F5UFX,…

What Does it Mean to be a DXer?

While writing the first several posts of The DXCC Sleuth https://dxccsleuth.blog/ the question of “When did I become a DXer?” popped into my mind, followed by “What exactly is a DXer?” My QSL cards in the DXCC Sleuth pre-dated my previous recollection of when I started DX-ing. I’ve had in my bio that I started DX-ing in 2001, but my QSL cards that are…