Monday, March 21, 2011

EP2MKO Card Received...

In the mail today I received a QSL (confirmation) card from EP2MKO, a station I worked in Iran. It's not often you can work a station in Iran, and even more difficult to get a confirmation.

This contact took place several years ago, and I had sent a request (my own card) but never received a reply. Recently I found a new updated email address for the operator -- a Russian who was operating from Iran -- and re-sent my request to him.

I have sent a QSL to PJ4LS in the Netherland Antillies for our recent contact, which will be country #311 for me, and put K6CU on the DXCC Honor Roll!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The ARRL DX Contest...

Just about every year I enter the ARRL DX Contest. This is a contest where stations all over the world work North American stations. Even though my score and station is nothing like the "big guns", it is still a blast to work hams from many foreign countries.

This year my score was 97,605. The chart at right shows how many countries (DXC) I worked on each band.

My contacts included stations from all continents. One station, ZF2AM in the Cayman Islands, was worked on all bands from 80 through 10 meters!

Total operating time was about 12 hours out of the 48 hour contest.