Monthly Archives: July 2015

New Callsign… WG3K

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.

A non-contester's results of the IARU HF Championship

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.