Alas Poor DXCC (and QRO), I Knew You Well!

I’m going through my DXCC “withdrawal” – lets call it a DXCC 12 Step Program. First, I got rid of the N6BT DXU-32 (best antenna along with the DXE DV-40-P and Wellbrook ALA1530LNP’s) and AB577 Military Tower. Now I am getting rid of my 1500 watt amplifier and manual tuner and am going to go with the Elecraft K-Line from now on. I will…

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…

Cushcraft D40 on 20M!

The Cushcraft D40 up to the LCA coil is a full half wavelength on the upper part of 17M. Besides 40M, I have found that it loads up nicely on 20 and 17M – I will try 15M tonight. I heard Z60A the best yet on this antenna this morning – but right as I started calling him he said QRX and then I…

160M DXCC: #98 – P29VXG

Almost there. I’m so glad that Top Band woke up after a really bad start this Northern Hemisphere Fall and beginning of Winter. Its been on fire since the beginning of the year. I don’t smoke, but I will have a nice double espresso with a chocolate to celebrate!

160M DXCC #97: T88PB – Palau

It was rough, but its #97 and in the log. Three more Top Band QSO’s and Two more for Honor Roll #1. These are fun times in DXing for me – especially 160M all of a sudden waking up so nicely. This past Fall was really disappointing, I thought I’d have to wait all year to get to 100, but (fingers crossed), I very…

160M DXCC #95 – EA8/RW4WR

Hard to believe his signal is a true S8 and like 40M, not 160M. I beat a big pileup first call – so I’m very proud of the work I put into my TX and RX antennas. Five more to go!

Kosovo Tops the DXCC Most Wanted List (for a very short while!)

The funniest posts I have seen were people betting how many weeks Kosovo will be in the Top 10. Some other things have happened that are more interesting, actually. Glorioso is at 15 (which will go back to 14, but that dropped by 2 – supplanted by Kerguelin and Peter 1 Heard is all the way down to 33, so even though Kosovo will…

CQ 160: WIll Palau be my #95?

I just noticed that JA0JHQ will be on Palau for the CQ 160M contest this coming weekend. I also am in contat with HI8A, Rfael, whi will look for me during the contest. Haiti is occasionally activated, as are other Caribbean entities, and I still need  small handful.  Bernie, W3UR will be on St. Kitts and Nevis the week following. Papua New Guinea will…

Kosovo to be Added to the DXCC List

It’s no surprise that Kosovo will soon be added to the DXCC List. Wayne, N7NG has a note on his DX University Web Site: http://www.dxuniversity.com/ And the ARRL has been lobbied to add Kosovo for years. It required a DXCC Rules change, and it looks like that has now happened. I started wondering if this affects other entities, so I put together a Google…

DXCC Honor Roll is a Really Big Deal

Recently I’ve read a few blogs and a few QRZ pages where they opine one way or another about DXing “awards”, which I really believe are personal “operating activities”. Some care for them, some don’t. There are five activities / awards that I am most proud of, and it helps that years have passed now and so that I have an “evolving” perspective. I…