In 1997 I received my first amateur radio license. The FCC granted me KF4OTN back then and exercised it the best I could. Fast forward to my move to Virginia and I decided to drop the “KF” in favor of “W” (it cut down on the time to transmit the callsign on RTTY). Now that I’m in Maryland, and an Extra, I decided it was the right time to change my callsign, perhaps for the last time.
As of 3:39 AM this morning I am now WG3K. It’s a mouthful but sounds nice on CW. Here’s hoping I don’t butcher it too badly for the next few days.
Unless you were asleep at the dial you probably heard a lot of yelling, begging, and contacts being made on the HF bands yesterday. From 1200Z yesterday to 1200Z today stations were on the air doing what contest stations do – making contacts. Ahh, yes, it was the weekend for the IARU HF Championship.
I hadn’t planned on participating until I started seeing some islands starting to be advertised on the spotting networks. Since I’m still chasing the islands I immediately seized the opportunity and started making contacts. 80m was also open to Europe in the overnight hours (particularly after 0400Z) so I was able to pick up a few countries there as well.
Here’s some of the places I put in the log during the contest:
- Aland Islands, 20m CW
- Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, 15m SSB
- Isle of Man, 20m CW and 40m CW
- Faeroe Islands, 40m CW
- Aruba, 80m CW and 40m CW
- Germany, 80m CW
- Canada, 15m CW and 80m CW
- South Cook Islands, 20m CW
- Portugal, 80m CW
Most, if not all, of these contacts were either new countries, new bands, or new modes. That brings my current DXCC count to:
- SSB – 118
- CW – 65
- Data – 106
- Overall – 165
Looks like I will be competing in the upcoming Maryland QSO Party and helping out with the ARRL Rookie Roundup – RTTY, both as K3CAL. Those contests should be a lot of fun!
Oh, and a checklog has been submitted to the ARRL.