Sunday, 23 September 2012

WAE TOP is top !

Applied for the WAE TOP award from the DARC e.V. and got the award plaque in the mail after only a few weeks of turnaround time. After yeras of collecting points for this award, the German DCL ("Deutsche Contest Log"), a database platform for QSO confirmations, very much comparable to LotW and eQSL, is offering a smooth way to get the many many points and confirmations from all the European countries well sorted. The WAE-Top plaque requires 70 WAE countries and 300 bandpoints. And this is, what it looks like ...

By the way: the DCL platform is open for usage for hams all over the world, not only for members of DARC. If you want to get rid of sending 300 QSL cards to an award check point: go with the DCL !

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Diamond DXCC Challenge is there !

September got a nice paper in the mail ! The Diamond DXCC award is there. 154 DX entities worked in 2012 so far. The year is not over !

...some 20+ DX entities might be reachable until end of the year and closing of the celebrating period. More about the DDXCC is here ....

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Hurray! In the log of NH8S ...

I could not believe my ears. Exact at the time when the propagation chart showed a good opening to Swains Island - right before sunset in Germany .... "DL3FCG ... 5nn...tu"  ... NH8S was in the log at 17m CW.

A new DXCC worked ... Hurray!

Don´t know if it was really long path 25.000 km over the South pole or short path 15.000 km over the North pole. But it was a huuuuge distance :-)

Maybe other QSO will follow in the next few days. 20m CW good signals in the morning. Same for 17m SBB. But any further QSO will be the cream on the cake...

First ever QSO to Swains Island was the goal! Achieved not even 24 hours after DXpedition started. Great team - great DXpedition! Thank you !

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

JH4UYB - confirmation #5.600

A nice milestone achieved in my Logbook of the World: with the confirmation from Masa-san, JH4UYB from Fukuyima City, I received my LotW confirmation #5.600. The total confirmation rate in LotW is now a little over 30% for me. Not a bad ratio, I think.

Monday, 3 September 2012

2nd place JARTS contest

Just found the results of the JARTS WW RTTY contest 2011. The JARTS is the "Japanese Amateur Radio Teleprinter Society". From Tenerife/Canary Islands I spent some hours on the radio as EA8/DL3FCG and worked 340 stations in RTTY. The final result is continental 2nd place for Africa. The overwhelming 1st place for Africa was 5C5W from Morocoo with 1.790 Qs.

One year before, I achieved continental winner for Africa with 1st place in JARTS 2010 RTTY contest as EA8/DL3FCG.