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QSL seekers:  KØRO is a new call for me.  I acquired it in December, 2015 under the FCC vanity call system.  If you are seeking a QSL from a contact before that time, I'm sorry I cannot help you.  I have been advised that the former holder of KØRO, an avid CW and DX operator,  no longer lives and apparently left no logs of his contacts.

As for me, I'll gladly reciprocate on any paper QSL and I upload to LoTW and eQSL daily.


ARRL,  Hattiesburg Amateur Radio Club (Mississippi),  Arctic Amateur Radio Club (Fairbanks AK),  FISTS No. 12906,  SKCC No. 14800T, AMSAT


Kenwood TS-870,  Kenwood TS-50,  Icom 910,  Ameritron AL-82,  J-38 Key

SteppIR  3-Element Yagi at height of 17 meters on:

US Tower TMM-541  


December 1, 2015:

2016 is my 60th year in Ham radio.  I have been away from CW since receiving my Conditional ticket (KØHML) in 1956.  I intend to make 2016 my CW return year by making at least one CW contact each day.  I'll not obsess on this goal--I'll take as many mulligans as I need.  But my intent is to regain credible CW activity and proficiency.

June 30, 2016 Status:

In early January I broadened my goal of one CW contact per day by deciding to dedicate 2016 exclusively to CW. That decision was influenced by learning a bit about the previous holder of KØRO who was an avid CW and DX operator and is now a Silent Key.  I also joined SKCC and have actively pursued its various award levels. 

 I've met and exceeded my one-per-day CW contact goal, having logged over 450 contacts since January 1.  Of those, 93 were DX and 178 were SKCC.  I qualified for SKCC Centurion in late April and Tribune in early June.  I've got a good start on the Senator award which I suspect will take at least the rest of the year.

As I hoped, I've improved my CW proficiency and operating practices.  I hope to continue to improve.

I've learned a lot in six months but one thing stands out:  CW operators are among the finest people in our great hobby. 


December 31, 2016 Status:

Well, my original goal of one CW contact per day during 2016, my 60th year as a ham, turned into quite an adventure.

As noted above, I started working for SKCC levels early in the year and attained the Tribune level by early June.  Since then, I’ve been actively pursuing the Senatorial level but it’s a much bigger job and is not quite done yet.  I’m at TX6 with a few to go for TX7 and hope to have Senator by mid year 2017.

Meanwhile, here’s my present status.  I’ve logged 1830 CW contacts for the year. (I put the microphone away early on and it’s not been back on the desk).  Of those,  238 are DX and 1174 are SKCC.  So my initial goal of one CW contact per day has been exceeded.  I ended the year at an average of five per day.  Most days now I’m logging 8 or ten contacts.

My goal was about more than numbers.  I wanted to develop a good fist and good operating practices.  I’ll leave those goals to others to judge but some have complimented me on my fist and I did receive an unsolicited “Good Operator Report" from an ARRL Official Observer.  So I feel good about those two goals.

My goals for 2017 include finishing SKCC Senatorial level.  I haven’t decided what other SKCC levels I’ll pursue after that but will select one or two later in the year.  I’ll continue using CW exclusively—I have no immediate desire to get back to SSB.  I’ll slow down to meet the needs of  new and less-skilled operators because I’ve been there too.  I’ll listen hard and patiently work the QRP operators.  They’re often hindered by antenna restrictions and deserve credit for getting on the air under tough circumstances.  I’ll rag chew with those who enjoy it and cement friendships with repeat contacts.  I’ll work as many SKCC events as I can and share my T/S number with those who are striving for their levels.  And I’ll include my SKCC number in every exchange in hopes of encouraging others to join the group.  

I give SKCC all the credit for my CW development and for the fun I’ve had as a ham in 2016.

Finally, this all started over a year ago when I learned about the previous holder of my new call sign and decided to dedicate 2016 to CW as a bit of a tribute to his memory. I’m told by his brother, also a ham, that he was an avid CW and DX operator who died an untimely death.  If he could hear me operate and see my log, I believe he’d be pleased.

Now on to Year 61.


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K0RO
Latest Contacts for K0RO at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
WA7WJR 2017-02-13 20m CW CN87WL75 United States William J Rollison
EA1KB 2017-02-06 20m CW IN73bi Spain Alfredo Conty
WA2BQU 2017-01-26 20m CW FN21pc United States FRANK A LUCIA
AF1RM 2016-12-18 20m CW DM78PU09 United States ERNEST W SPILLANE
WA7WJR 2016-12-10 20m CW CN87WL75 United States William J Rollison
JJ1CKN 2016-12-01 20m CW PM95hp Japan Riko Sato
7X3WPL 2016-11-30 20m CW JM13kt Algeria Amateur Radio Club Sahara DX
WA1WK 2016-11-29 20m CW FN31KN95 United States WILLIAM M KNAPP
AB6CC 2016-11-19 20m CW CM88xg United States CHARLES F CRAPOTTA
W2AMA 2016-11-13 20m CW FN30fr United States Steven M. Finger
AB6CC 2016-11-13 20m CW CM88xg United States CHARLES F CRAPOTTA
WA2BQU 2016-11-01 20m CW FN21pc United States FRANK A LUCIA
KE6ORO 2016-10-29 20m CW CM88nc United States JAMES T FINCH
AF1RM 2016-10-26 20m CW DM78PU09 United States ERNEST W SPILLANE
AI6IE 2016-10-15 20m CW DM14ed United States Stephen A Baer

Book Totals: 43 qso's   35 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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