I have submitted my application to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for my initial DXCC (http://www.arrl.org/dxcc) award. The plan is to present my cards for checking to the ARRL on 6 August. I'm quite excited as this has been a long-term goal of mine.

I think three-quarters of my countries were confirmed using the ARRL's Logbook of the World (http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world) which makes their confirmation extremely cheap.

After my cards have been processed I should have 102 countries confirmed.