New country – Somalia

Thanks to the only active ham (Ali, 6O1OO) in Somalia I was able to add this country to my ATNO. Ali is to be congratulated for all his efforts in keeping Somalia on the air. Somalia is my last country to be confirmed in the African continent.

DXCC on 12 Meters

Thanks to improved propagation on 12 meters (24 MHz) I now have DXCC on this band. I now have DXCC on 8 bands (80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters). With my current antennas I am unlikely to make DXCC on 160 or 6 anytime soon.

Finally, a new country! – Update

First new country in MANY MANY months. Between the sunspot minimum (poor HF propagation) and COVID-19 shutting down DXpeditions, new countries have been very hard to come by. Three days ago (11/15) I was lucky enough to work 9V1YC (Singapore) on 30M FT8 for #312 (mixed, current). I have been watching James on PSK Reporter […]

VP8PJ, South Orkney confirmed

VP8PJ, South Orkney confirmed

Today I received LOTW confirmation of my initial 20M FT8 contact with VP8PJ, South Orkney Island. This is my #311 country (mixed). Since this initial 20M contact, I have worked VP8PJ on 17M and 40M FT8 as well as 30M RTTY.  I’m waiting confirmation on these contacts. Log uploads are difficult from the island because […]

200 Countries Confirmed on FT8

Last night I received LOTW confirmation from 5N7Q (Nigeria) for our 30M FT8 contact. This is my 200th country confirmed on FT8. My first FT8 contact was July 2017!! My current country total is 242 worked!

VP6R - Pitcairn Island

VP6R – Pitcairn Island

While VP6R was not a new one, it was enjoyable filling in bands and modes. This was a first VP6 on FT8. Currently I have VP6 confirmed on all bands 80 – 10M and at least one contact on CW, SSB and digital.

PIRATE!!!! - Another New One

PIRATE!!!! – Another New One

Last night I was able to work VK9CZ (Cocos Keeling Island) on 40M FT8 for ATNO #311. This was grayline over the pole path. This was sunset for me and sunrise for Cocos Keeling. Just 1 hour opening! UNFORTUNATELY VK9CZ ANNOUNCED ON THEIR WEB SITE THAT THIS WAS A PIRATE!!!



Worked ET3AA, Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society at Addis Ababa University, Institute of Technology. Ken, K4ZW, was in Addis Ababa this weekend and got some operating time. I was able to snag Ken on 20M CW and confirmed in the log via Clublog. Looks like ATNO #310. Received both LOTW and QSL card.

VK0AI, Macquarie Island

VK0AI, Macquarie Island

Received LOTW confirmation today for VK0AI, Macquarie Island for ATNO #308 (current, mixed). Norbert, VK5MQ has been operating from Macquarie Island for the past year but will be leaving this month. It is unlikely that he will be replaced with another ham. So I’m happy to put this one in the log.