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End of 2011 Summary Post

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Christmas has come and gone. We had a great Christmas this year. It’s always great when the family gets together. I got a nice Christmas bonus from my employer, and I got an Amazon Kindle Fire from a friend / business client of mine for whom I maintain their mail system.

I haven’t worked any DX in a while. My inverted V is down right now. My winter hobby is scanner monitoring, and so I have a scanner antenna up on the mast. I still have my small dipole, but it doesn’t perform well enough for me to exert the effort trying to chase new DXCC entities with it. I really do need to get on though and try to work some of the DX that has been on.

I still have a batch of about 50 QSL cards that I need sent to the ARRL Outgoing Bureau. I also have about 20-25 QSL cards that I still need to fill out and send direct / via QSL Manager to various DX that I need DXCC confirmations for. I’m hoping I’ll get motivated to get these things taken care of by the end of the year. Hmm, that only gives me four days.

I’ve used OQRS to get confirmations for half a dozen DXpeditions. I haven’t received the actual cards for most of them yet, but I’ve received email confirmation that I’m in their log and will be getting a card.

I have worked 26 new DXCCs since October 2011, and at least half of them have already confirmed on Logbook of the World. Hopefully next year will be a productive year for working DX. I need to get above 200 DXCC confirmed.

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December 27th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

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4th Quarter 2011 Contests

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Usually I post contest summaries after every contest. But, as you can see, I haven’t posted much at all lately. Blogging is a burden, especially if you don’t have anything of interest to post. I typically post my contest results for the sole purpose of having my own online record of the contests I have worked. However, the 3830 reflector does a better job of archiving that kind of information than I could ever hope to.

The contests I’ve operated in [since WAG 2011] are:

  • 10/15/2011 Iowa QSO Party
  • 10/15/2011 New York QSO Party
  • 10/29/2011 CQ WW SSB
  • 11/05/2011 ARRL Sweepstakes – CW
  • 11/12/2011 Worked All Europe – RTTY
  • 11/12/2011 Kentucky QSO Party
  • 11/19/2011 ARRL Sweepstakes – SSB
  • 11/26/2011 CQ WW DX – CW
  • 12/03/2011 Tara RTTY Melee
  • 12/03/2011 ARRL 160 Meter Contest
  • 12/04/2011 10-Meter RTTY Contest
  • 12/10/2011 ARRL 10-Meter Contest
  • 12/17/2011 Croatian CW Contest
  • 12/17/2011 RAC Winter Contest

I have submitted all of those to 3830 except for the Croatian CW Contest and the RAC Winter Contest. I submitted checklogs to the sponsors for those two. Why? I was in it just for fun and didn’t want to worry about what the rules said. I just worked what I heard.

Written by Mike

December 27th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Slacking off for the Holiday Season

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Usually I post a summary for contests / QSO Parties I enter. If anybody actually reads my blog, you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted anything for nearly a month and a half.

Typically I am absent from the airwaves from Thanksgiving to after New Years. This year I’ve been active, but I just haven’t been posting because it’s really not a fun thing to do.

I’ve been focusing on working DX, sending out QSLs to those who have requested them from me, and sending out QSLs for DX that I need for DXCC credit.

I played in the ARRL 160, 10-Meter RTTY, TARA RTTY Melee, CQWW DX CW, ARRL SS CW, ARRL SS SSB, Kentucky QSO Party, WAE RTTY, and one or two others but just haven’t posted a summary for them. They are all on 3830 though.

Logbook of the World seems to be back to normal now, and it appears as though a large number of DX and general contest ops have recently started using LoTW. I’ve gotten a lot of confirmations from countries that I had never expected to see using LoTW. Of course.

I’ve been hanging out on 10-meters and plan to be on this weekend for the ARRL 10-Meter Contest. Hopefully conditions are decent, because my antennas sure aren’t. Since I’ll have long periods of rest during nighttime hours, I’m really going to try to put in a lot of time during the daylight hours. I do like working the DX, not so much NA.

Written by Mike

December 8th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

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