Tag Archive for DX

“Poka” – the new “DSW”

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I’ve worked quite a number of Russian stations the past two nights on 20m with most of them being in Siberia. Over-the-pole, warbly signals – love it. My normal sign-off with Russians includes DSW – CW-speak for do svidaniya or goodbye. But tonight, two separate stations sent poka instead of DSW. New one on me. Google…

10B-DXCC QRP

Via Wayne N6KR on the Elecraft reflector: I wanted to acknowledge what is, to the best of my knowledge, a unique feat by Don Bush, WA2TPU. He has achieved DXCC (over 100 countries worked) on every ham band from 160-6 meters, excluding 60 meters, running 5 watts or less for all QSOs. He used a…

The ARRL’s disregard of Ukraine’s sovereignty

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From Dave Sumner, the ARRL CEO, on recent developments in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine – regarding QSOs with stations in Crimea: “The DX Awards Committee has concluded that a [Crimean] QSL with a call sign issued by Ukraine and showing the entity name as Ukraine counts as Ukraine, while a [Crimean] QSL with a call…

17m in amazing condition today

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Last night’s weather forecast caused me to disconnect my antennas/rotor cable before going to bed. Loud thunder awakened me at 1am and the rain gauge this morning had recorded 3.5″ of rain that had mostly cleared out by sunrise. With coffee in hand and antennas re-attached, I turned on the K3 and found 17 meters…

From 1935: How to count DXCC entities

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Kosovo, Scarborough Reef, Kingman Reef, Mount Athos and other entities and “maybe-entities” keep DX interesting. It’s almost impossible to discuss them without the topic of the conversation meandering to questions on how decisions are made to determine what constitutes an entity. (And speaking of entities, I seem to recall that as late as the 1970′s,…

Mike VP8CMH/MM – sailing south

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I’ve always enjoyed working maritime mobile stations, especially if they are in remote parts of the world. My second QSO with Mike was just a few minutes ago as he was steaming south from 61S by 47W, just southwest of South Orkney Island onboard the Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross. Our QSO was on…