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…

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…