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…

Ham Radio Deluxe

Along with my ICOM IC-7610 purchase, I decided to try a new logging program, Ham Radio Deluxe. Now that I have made all of my DXCC goals – and my LOTW and Clublog records are in perfect order, its time to go back and update my logbook – so that its awards tracking and spot cluster “needs” reporting matches. Reconciling my log against my…

DXCC on Top Band is Rare

Lately I’ve downplayed my DXCC achievement on 160M because one night I made one QSO from an East Coast(ish) remote. I have atoned for my sins and redacted that QSO from my award points (I didn’t send that card to the ARRL to have it checked).  The remote heard so much more 160M DX in Tennessee than anything I’ve ever heard on the West…

When DXCC Feels Like “The Dead Who Walk” . . .

There’s a part of DXCC that feels like “The Dead Who Walk”. What used to be an amusing and fun bit of nostalgia is starting to get old. For example, those who fly into a tropical DX location (vacation), make QSO’s, then charge for QSL cards and hold back uploading to LOTW – apparently with hopes to squeeze out more “donations”. Besides ATNO’s –…

Those Last Two QSL’s That You Need . . .

After years of chasing 160M DXCC (which puts me at 9BDXCC), these last couple of QSL’s are just hanging out there. Instead of the fast LOTW upload, both are old fashioned hard cards that have to be printed and sent. Then I have to process them the slow way with the ARRL. Its not a big deal – just ironic. Hurry up and wait!…

Glorioso: Another Navassa . . .

Several people have pointed out that the French Team who activated Tromelin and Juan de Nova (led by Seb, F5UFX), reports that Glorioso is pretty much off limits – in a similar way that the US F&W entities are off limits. In fact, they said their application was rejected. They also were turned down for Crozet – (I already have that). I worked FT5WJ,…

Reflections on the ARRL DXCC Program – from the West Coast

Having been WA2QHN, I already knew that there is a serious advantage chasing DXCC from the East Coast. 160 and 6M DXCC are downright easy – as is 10BDXCC as compared to the West Coast – (where 9BDXCC is a really big deal). I’ve worked 101 on Top Band – 100 from my own back yard and one using my friends remote. That one…