Category Archives: DXing

Oh, did I mention six meters was open?

Turning on the radio this morning I was surprised to hear Puerto Rico coming in loud and clear on 50.125MHz. Once I had KP4EIT and HI3TEJ (Dominican Republic) in the logs I checked the DX Cluster to check the activity. There appeared to be many other stations from the Southeastern United States working towards the Caribbean. A few hours later the Sporatic-E opening moved towards the west and soon I was working into the Midwest and into Eastern Canada.

I did check two-meters but never heard any activity.

Image represents contacts made from FM18rq.  Station locations represent grid locator (grid square) center.  C=CW, S=SSB, J=J65A or J9

The twenty-three contacts, representing twenty-one grids, I put in the log were made using mostly CW with SSB, JT65A, and JT9 rounding out the rest of the modes.


During a lull in activity I rolled down to the bottom of the band to check for beacons:

DX de WG3K: 50007.7 VA2ZFN/B FM18<EM92 1845Z 2016-07-12 18:45:00
DX de WG3K: 50059.0 VE3UBL/B FM18<FN03 1839Z 2016-07-12 18:39:00
DX de WG3K: 50067.5 N8PUM/B FM18<EN66 1827Z 2016-07-12 18:27:00
DX de WG3K: 50073.0 K0KP/B FM18<EN36 1825Z 2016-07-12 18:25:00

Reverse Beacons

I also took a look at the Reverse Beacon Network and found that I had been heard a few times:

DX de K9IMM-#: 50098.0 WG3K CW 25 dB 16 WPM CQ 1717Z 2016-07-12 17:17:42
DX de WE7L-#: 50097.90 WG3K CW 16 dB 16 WPM CQ 1707Z 2016-07-12 17:07:47

Algeria – DXCC Confirmed Entity #122

QSL from 7X4AN

QSL from 7X4AN

I received confirmation for my August contact with 7X4AN, today.  Most excited to receive another “new one” I confirmed receipt of the QSL.  Mohamed is one of those courteous CW operators that will happily slow down for you if you aren’t ready to receive at ~32 WPM.

He also used two very nice stamps that I will happily add to my collection.

DXpedition to Core Banks NA-067

Picture of Amanda operating HF.

Amanda, KI4IWS, operating HF on Core Banks.

A small cadre of hams invaded Core Banks (Portsmouth Island), North Carolina (NA-067) for the 2011 Islands on the Air (IOTA) contest as N4I.  Although many others activated NA-067 from other islands that were much easier to get to, Eric W4OTN, Amanda KI4IWS, Bill KG4CXY, Leslie, and Robyn WA4WPD packed gear up in a few vehicles and took a boat over to the island where we took refuge in a rental cabin provided by the National Park Service.

Picture of the Core Banks rental cabin

Core Banks rental cabin with antenna.

Officially part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore, Core Banks is a strip of barrier island off the coast of North Carolina just south of Ocracoke Island and north of Morehead City.  The cabin is actually a duplex; we rented both sides and used one for our radios while the other side held our food and sleeping quarters.  Antennas included a dipole and a vertical loop that faced the Atlantic Ocean.  Overall, signals were good and 111 contacts were made to 40 DXCC entities using phone, CW, and digital modes during the operating period.  Unfortunately, we really aren’t contesters and spent more time conversing than transmitting as one could tell from the low QSO count.  Overall we had fun operating which is what matters.

Amanda not on the radio.

Amanda KI4IWS not on the radio.

Picture of Robyn WA4WPD and Bill KG4CXY working DX on Core Banks.

Robyn WA4WPD and Bill KG4CXY working DX on Core Banks.

The Portsmouth Island Four.

The Portsmouth Island Four (the fifth is taking the picture).

Feeling international this week.

A friend of mine in the Fedora Project reminded me how much fun Ham Radio really is.  That was at the beginning of February and since then I have put almost 300 new contacts in my logbook.  I have also logged more hours on the nets I used to frequent and listened to more foreign broadcast on shortwave.  I remember when my mailman expected to either pick up or deliver a letter with an overseas address on it but until recently I had no reason to use my airmail stamps.  But with just that little nudge on the lower portion of 80m I am getting back in the saddle. Anyone know of a good 10m-20m beam that I can pickup?


Opened the mailbox this afternoon and found my QSL from Victor Cuesta YV4DYJ of whom I worked on AO-51 back in September.  Very cool.  Glad I was able to make this contact using 5 watts and my hand-held station in my front yard.

The ARRL Recognizes QSOs via the ISS

Ten days ago I reported on my blog that the ARRL wouldn’t recognize QSOs taking place via the ISS for DXCC or WAS. I got the response I was looking for today from Norm Fusaro, W3IZ. Thank you ARRL for letting this happen. Now I have QSOs to upload to the LoTW when I get home.

Hi Eric.

After review, ARRL will be permit contacts through the ISS (Earth – ISS – Earth) to be counted towards satellite endorsement for WAS and DXCC.

This applies to contacts made via the onboard repeater equipment provided that the equipment does not hold and re-transmit information.

Contacts with the ISS do not receive any award credit.

Further information will be available on the LoTW website.

Thank you for bringing this to light.

Norm Fusaro, W3IZ
Assistant Manager,
Membership & Volunteer Programs Department
ARRL – The national association for Amateur Radio
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06011