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PT0S, not looking good for the Log

Well between work, family and just a lack of on air time, I am not sure i will even get 1 PT0S in the log. Yeah, that bad. I was hoping for at least one, b ut the pileups were horrible, lids and cops everywhere. The group is planned to work until the 22nd, but that is thanksgiving. I am basically going to have tonight and a little part of tomorrow morning to get them. the good news is that I have heard of good luck with an early morning approach on 80M or maybe even 160M, around 07:00Z (3AM EST). I just want one for the log, well see how it goes.

PT0S, Maybe....

PT05, St Peter and St. Paul Rocks are a small group of islets and rocks approximately  520 nautical miles (990 km) east of the Brazilian city of Natal, right near the Equator. It is about 4000 miles (6300 km) South East from my QTH. What makes this one special is that the Brazilian government has a ban on amateur radio activities on the island, due to environmental concerns and safety reasons.

DXCC!!

Well, my first semi major milestone was reached during the 2012 CQ WW SSB Contest. When I imported my contest log into Ham Radio Deluxe I was pleasantly surprised to see that I have 103 DX entities worked !!

2012 CQ World Wide DX Contest

The 2012 CQ World Wide DX contest is coming up quick, actually I didn't realize it was so soon, until someone pointed it out. This should be a good test for the OCF Dipole. This will be my first run in this contest, but I have to wonder what the difference between 'CQ WW WPX', and 'CQ World Wide DX' is? Well... I did some asking around and got my answer. CQ WW WPX is "Worked all prefix"  and CQ World Wide is just CQ zones and countries. It doe seem the this one, CQ WW DX, is "The Big One" We'll see how it plays out.

2012 CQ WW WPX Contest SSB

With just about 24 hours till the start of the 2012 CQ WW WPX SSB Contest Things are not looking good for my chances. If you remember from the ARRL SSB DX Contest I have an issue with the antenna tuner I am using with my SB-200

DXCC and Logbook of the World

Well the ARRL DX SSB contest a few weeks ago helped my journey along to obtainaing DXCC. While I only had about 180 QSOs over that contest , a fair number of them have uploaded to Logbook of the World (LotW). I am now at 42 confirmed QSLs for DXCC-mixed and 37 for DXCC-Phone.

2012 ARRL SSB DX Contest, In review.

Well, this being my first attempt at a contest, I thought I would post a few comments. OK, not really my first contest, but I can't count the other two, since I only spent a few minutes in them. This contest I spent considerable time, and set goals for myself. Friday night I had dinner plans so I didn't get started until about 10PM local, or 03:00Z Saturday. After getting set up with the logging program, N1MM, I proceed to scan the 80M band for contacts.

Solar Flux Index (SFI) on the way up.

During the contest this past weekend I noticed that the SFI number was up from where it had been for a while. It was hovering around 104 for a few weeks prior to the contest, and when I checked it Saturday morning it was over 120. As I write this it is over 140.

2012 ARRL SSB DX Contest is upon us

Well this is the weekend for the 2012 ARRL SSB DX Contest. I have the house to myself so there should be little interruption, not that I expect to sit at the radio all weekend. I do have other stuff to do, but I am sure will get a few hours here and there to get some contacts in.

PJ4C Bonaire Island DX 2012

Well this is, for me, my first real DXpediton. I was able to get 6 QSOs in five band slots, and I have to say, the OPs were nice and conducted themselves well, at least from my rookie point of view. Working them was really just a chip shot. Bonaire is about 120 miles East of Aruba, and I already have several contacts from that region, and that was before the amp, so PJ4C was not a real challenge, but it was fun! 

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