Covid-19 and DXCC in Cycle 25

Cycle 25 is predicted to be about the same as Cycle 24 I made DXCC Honor Roll in 2013 after a full 11 years of DX-ing – or one Sunspot Cycle. There is no doubt that Cycle 23 was much better than Cycle 24, but I kept improving my antennas and added 1500 watts, and was able to easily work anything. The N6BT DXU-32…

VK0EK Back Stories

My alter to tech these days – its an analog thing, man . . . dig? I’ve been sharing some great stories about VK0EK that I’ve never shared on my blog with friends lately. Mike, KJ4Z was involved in quite a few of these – so he can fact check some (so you’ll know that I am not spreading “fake news”). He was there…

The UrbanBeam, 3Y0I and Me

“If you can get a dipole up a half wavelength on 40M, and a 2 element yagi up more than a half wavelength on 20M, you will be able to earn Top of Honor Roll”. That would have been my advice to me back in 2001, when I started DXing. Of course, there was no UrbanBeam or SteppIR, so I used wires, then yagis…

The Anachronistic DXCC List

Before I started chasing my own made up DX “pursuit” using the DXCC and IOTA list, I used to be a DXCC “junkie” Now that its been almost 4 years since I made my last DXCC ATNO – its importance has faded to the point where I just don’t care about it much anymore. Today I saw yet another discussion of whether or not…

DXCC Might Ride Again at KY6R

I will be getting 4 more AB-577 sections, and I sold my ALM-31 tower today, so it looks like I’m inching towards a 2 element 40M yagi. A nearby ham has a Cushcraft XM-240 – so if the price is right, I will go for it. Bas, PE4BAS and Clarke, K1JX, have suggested that I try QRP DXCC and go for as many entities…

DX-ing Can be Hazardous to Your Health!

I’m the leader at our gym this month. I’m working off the “fat sins” of sitting in front of my radios all these years. I’m very pleased at my progress – to work my way back from my DXer / DXCC days to something a lot more like when I was in my 40’s (hi hi). I’ll post some before and after pictures –…

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…