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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.

Written by Mike

December 27th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

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