Worked All Europe (FT8DMC)

Worked All Europe (FT8DMC)

The Worked All Europe (WAE) award from the Deutsche Amateur Radio Club (DARC) in Germany is one of the more prestigious awards in Ham Radio. In a nutshell, it rewards making contacts with countries on the European continent. WAE comes in several classes for working a certain number of countries but also factors in a point […]

April 2022 QSL Card Inbox

Here is April’s haul of interesting incoming QSL cards. 9G5AR in Ghana is an All Time New One (ATNO) for me. I made this FT8 QSO on the 20M band. Having learned my lesson about waiting too long to QSL I sent out for this one right away. When I first came across this callsign […]

March 2022 QSL Card Inbox

Here’s a sampling of interesting QSL cards that I received during the month of March in 2022. Another All Time New One (ATNO) for me.  I worked EA6VQ in the Balearic Islands on both 40M and 30M using FT8.  The islands are in the Mediterranean Sea and reside far enough away from Spain to count […]

CQ Zone Award (30MDG)

CQ Zones (30MDG)

CQ Magazine‘s Worked All Zones (WAZ) is one of the oldest and most prestigious Amateur Radio operating awards out there. Working all 40 CQ Zones is arguably more difficult than working 100 unique DXCC countries. The 30 Meter Digital Group (30MDG) offers a easier, and cheaper, entry into chasing all 40 CQ Zones with their […]

February 2022 QSL Card Inbox

February is the shortest month. Would a short month also mean fewer incoming QSL cards to report? I worked CQ8M on the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean on 40M SSB. The QSO was made from a remote station in New York. I’m impartial to QSL cards with maps. This card from FK8HA has one […]

2022 January VHF Contest

The conditions for the January VHF Contest were not particularly good. Six meters never really opened up anywhere. So a major component of my previous scores went missing. I only ended up making 28 QSOs and 9 grids on 50MHz, 144 MHz and 440 MHz. Despite this, I did work a brand new grid on […]

Getting Back On CW

Slow Speed Test

One of my “resolutions” for 2022 was to get back into CW operating. Though I had never forgotten Morse Code it had been decades since I’d last made any CW contacts of note. When I was first getting started in Ham Radio there was still a Morse Code requirement to get licensed.  I incorrectly predicted […]

January 2022 QSL Card Inbox

We’ll see what 2022 has in store for us. However, the year got off to a good start in the QSL department for me with a nice haul of cards. Here are just a few, many of them are All Time New Ones (ATNO). Let’s hope the trend continues through the rest of the year. […]

ARRL Learning Center

Are you still looking for a New Year’s resolution for 2022? Learning something new is always a popular choice. The recently launched ARRL Learning Center provides an easy way to search for new topics to learn about and to keep track of what you’ve mastered as you go along. Yes, YouTube has an enormous number […]

December QSL Card Inbox

Wrapping up 2021 with a number of QSL cards that have been received in the last few weeks. There are a couple of all time new ones (ATNO) to show for my efforts. I had worked Colombia many times in the past but I did not have much in the way of physical QSL cards […]