There has been some good DXing opportunities over the past couple of weeks. I have enough contacts now, that it’s rewarding to chase awards on a number of fronts: new DX, same old DX on different bands, trying to add to Worked All Zones (five zones left to get), and Worked All States Triple Play and WAS Five Bands. So when conditions are not good for one, I can usually find something worthwhile to add to totals.
I’ve been wondering why I never see any DC callsigns on FT8 JTAlert. The only one ever was with the World Bank Radio Station for a couple of days last winter or early Spring. So I set up Ham Alert to send me an alerts for any DC station on any mode received by a CQ 4 zone, and I get 5-6 or more a day–all on CW so far! Mostly region 3 and 4 signs. So will try to pick one of those up one day soon.
New LOTW confirms: HI on CW this week, my second China contact (FT8), Ascension Island (SSB) and Sardinia (FT8). I am waiting on Guernsey–finally picked that one up, again thanks to Ham Alert–Crete, and Market Reef. I already have Jersey and Isle of Man. If you are not familiar with these islands, look them up. They have pretty interesting histories.
QSL cards received in July/August: South Cook Island, North Macedonia, Norfork Island VK9NK, and Kamchatka Russia UA0ZC. The VK9 card was for a QSO March1. Janusz (SP9FIH) operated a one man DX expedition from Norfork Island from March through the middle of July. He stayed longer than expected because of quarantine and lack of transportation off the island. It was good for us and earned him some recognition as first in digital DXpeditions (https://gdxf.de/megadxpeditions/singleop.php) with 174 days and 57,802 QSOs! That’s 332 QSOs a day for one man! I worked him twice (on 20 and 17m) and saw him often on the air. His blog is at: http://vk9nk.dxpeditions.org/ .
Just have three DX cards out now I am waiting on: French Guiana, Malta, and Vanuatu. Time to send out some more I guess.
Stateside cards received were, N7C Navajo Code talkers SES (FT8 and CW), W9I Illinois State Fair SES (CW), and Clark County Radio Club SES (SSB) in WA.
Listened to North Cook Island E51WL all evening Friday calling on 17m FT8. Tried to work him when he was strongest (-9), but he wasn’t strong enough.
Very nice to have radio as a hobby so I don’t have to listen to the news or watch TV.
Got to reminiscing about old turntable and shortwave radio consoles I remember from the 1950/60s and found a couple described online. Wouldn’t you love to have one of these?
Hope everyone is well and thriving,