QRZ DX, June 4, 2012
I am a member ofMississippi Valley DX and Contest Club (MVDXCC).
DXCC - 338 worked
9 Band DXCC
WAE I,II,III - Mixed - WAE Top - Mixed
WAE I,II,III -CW - WAE Top - CW
I am the QSL Manager for ZY0K year 2004
KQ0B now supports eQSL Authenticity Guarenteed as of 01.13/2012
I still have cards for ZY0K as well as PT7ZKQ
Check ZY0K log at http://www.clublog.org/logsearch/ZY0K
I Reside in St. louis County, MO.
KQ0B log is on LOTW and I upload after each operating day.
I upload eQSL each month or upon request
Cards for PT7BZ should go directly to PT7BZ
You can find me each day on VE7CC-1 or ON4KST low band chat for 160/80/40 meters.
Any questions drop me a line via my email address.
MY Story as published in CQ Magazine: November 2011 Vol. 67 No. 11
How long does it take a Suffering DXer to become a True Believer??
By: KQ0B - Michael W Elliott
In the course of pursuing the 5BWAZ Award it all depends on the dedication and drive of the HAM. It is sometimes a lonely journey that keeps you up all night or sitting by the radio waiting for a Dx-expediton to start or be heard. It took me roughly 34 years to realize my dream with countless schedules, emails, Cluster alerts and oh the most important thing – propagation cooperating at the right time. I got my initial 5b WAZ Certificate #1603, November 7, 2008, with 199 zones worked. However I was still lacking Zone 2 on 10 meters and that proved to be a difficult contact to tackle. The lack of propagation to the North East into Labrador proved to be a test of wills but on July 9, 2011 the magical 200th zonewas worked.
You see, since 2008 I have been seriously chasing that elusive Zone 2 on 10 meters. I would have settled for any mode but my wish was a CW contact for my last zone. Now it is no accident that the man who gave me that 200th Zone was none other than VO2FF – Daniel. We have been checking the magical 10 meter band and keeping up with one another over the years. What made it really difficult is that VO2FF’s free time only allows him to get on the air on weekends. It was not surprising that I have worked VO2FF on 160, 80, 40, 20 and the WARC bands over the years. Once, I heard VO2FF on 10 meters in the fall of 2010 but he did not hear. I have seen the SFI come up with good A and K numbers but the propagation from Midwest USA to the North East into Labrador, Canada produced no luck. I sent numerous emails to expeditions for Zone 2 on 10 meters only to be told no opening was available for my path even though the DX station was being heard by Europe and NA East Coast. While I thought Zone 22 on 80 meters CW was hard to work it was nothing compared to Zone 2 on 10 meter. In the words of Dr. Cass (WA6AUD) from those bygone years, I WAS a suffering DXer, wondering if the sunspots would ever return.
Finally, on July 9, 2011 I worked FP/VA2WA on 10 meters and thought wow that signal was good enough to work on 10 meters from my location. But the DX gods had other thoughts; conditions into Zone 2 would be different. That was early in the morning; 1300Z. Later that day I checked the cluster and saw VO2FF had worked some stations in the 9th US call district around 1300utc but now it was 1600utc and I believed 10 meters had probably folded. I checked and saw VO2FF was still on the air so gave him a quick call on 28.010 MHz. After I stopped calling all I could hear was the sound of someone tuning up on the frequency. Their signal was peaking S7 covering up the possible return of my prey
I would like to thank VO2FF - Daniel for hanging in there with me overthe years. While Zone 2 on 10 meters is no special deal formost folks on this side of the pond, it was the hardest 1700 miles I have ever tried to work a station.
Many times I have been tempted to try anyone in Zone 2 but I stuck with VO2FF, who I can call a good guy and now a friend.
For anyone chasing the 5B WAZ Award they realize this is a marathon, not a sprint. Since only 853 Hams before me have achieved this award. This is a small fraternity, and upon attainment you realize a special moment and achievement to remember.
My next goal is to finish 9 bands WAZ on CW. I am well on my way but hope it does not take another 34 years to complete – but then again it will give me something to chase on those cold winter nights when suffering DXers become true believers.
Hope to see you all on the Bands
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