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Thank you for looking me up!​

I love hunting for DX stations and counting my worked/confirmed DXCC entities! So, if I told you "Thanks for a new one", you should know you made my day!

Only 33 DXCC entities to go!!!!!!

DXpeditions/DX entities hoping to work in 2017/2018: Wake Island (K7ASU/KH9) - September 2017, Burundi (9U4M) - November 2017, Mellish Reef (VK9MA) - November 2017, Bouvet Island (3YØZ) - January 2018, Saint Brandon Island (3B7) - March 2018, Baker Island (KH1) - June 2018, Macquarie Island (VK0/M) - 2018, Sierra Leone (9L)

DX entities I tried but could not work: St Peter & St Paul Rocks, Kerguelen Island, Myanmar

It gets harder and harder to catch new ones!

  • 2017 (306):
    • November 2017: DXCC entities: worked 306, confirmed 303. DXCC entities worked/confirmed in 160M  = 104/99
    • September 2017: DXCC entities: worked 303, confirmed 302. DXCC entities worked/confirmed in 160M  = 102/98
    • July 2017: DXCC entities: worked 302, confirmed 302. DXCC entities worked/confirmed in 160M  = 102/96
    • April 2017: KH4 (Midway  Island) and KH7K (Kure Island) deleted from DXCC list. DXCC entities total is now 337. DXCC entities confirmed in 160M  = 88; rushing to get to 100.
    • March 2017: DXCC entities: worked 302, confirmed 301. Aplied for IOTA 100 Certificate (All Bands).
    • February 2017: DXCC entities: worked 302, confirmed 300.
    • January 2017: DXCC entities: worked 300, confirmed 298.
  • 2016 (297):
    • October 2016: My first Satellite QSO on AO-85 with KD8CAO. DXCC entities: worked 297, confirmed 293.
    • September 2016: My first Ham Radio Satellite reception 145MHz/432MHz. My first HF SSTV image reception on 14.230MHz. DXCC entities: worked 294, confirmed 293.
    • June 2016: My first JT65 contact (K2MOB). DXCC entities: worked 290, confirmed 287.
    • April 2016: My first RTTY QSO ever (with DK9KW). My first confirmed RTTY QSO (with A91HI). DXCC entities: worked 288, confirmed 287.
    • March 2016: Achieved the DXCC challange (working and confirming at least 1,000 DXCC band-points on any Amateur bands)! Getting ready for VK0EK and FT4JA. Kingman Reef (KH5) deleted from DXCC. Total DXCC now 339.
    • February 2016: DXCC entities: worked 285, confirmed 283. First DXpedition (3XY1T) that I worked on 9 bands (160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10).
    • January 2016: DXCC entities: worked 283, confirmed 279.
  • 2015 (280): 
    • December 2015: My first 160M contact (with VE3OSZ in RAC contest). DXCC entities: worked 280, confirmed 276.
    • November 2015: DXCC entities: worked 277, confirmed 274.
    • October 2015: DXCC entities: worked 275, confirmed 271.
    • September 2015: DXCC entities: worked 273, confirmed 268. First DXpedition (E6GG) that I worked on 8 bands (80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10).
    • July 2015: DXCC entities: worked 270, confirmed 263.
    • May 2015: DXCC entities: worked 267, confirmed: 254
    • April 2015: DXCC entities: worked 265, confirmed: 253
    • February 2015: Upgraded my ham radio license to Extra (the highest ham license in US). Became a VE (Volunteer Examiner). QSQ  #1000 with YO8ST. DXCC entities: worked 252, confirmed: 243
    • January 2015: DXCC entities: worked 243, confirmed: 227
  • 2014 (241):
    • December 2014: DXCC entities worked: 241, DXCC entities confirmed: 218
    • November 2014: DXCC entities worked: 215, DXCC entities confirmed: 185
    • August 2014:   DXCC entities worked: 146,   DXCC entities confirmed: 93. Proud owner of a new Elecraft K3. It took 1 month of work to assemble (even with no soldering involved)!
    • July 2014: First paper QSL received from PJ7/WA6WXD
    • April 2014: DXCC worked: 8, DXCC confirmed: 0. DXCC #1: first QSO with K2LS
    • March 2014: KO8SCA vanity call was issued to me

 

KO8SCA DXCC Certifficate    KO8SCA DXCC Challange
KO8SCA IOTA

Organizations:

I am a member of the following ham radio organizations: ARRL, LIDXA, NCDXF, RSGB, WE2OEM

ARRL LIDXA NCDXF RSGB

Equipment:

  • Main rig: Elecraft K3 with 100W out. Great radio! (http://www.elecraft.com/)
  • Begali Magnetic Traveler Light iambic key. The workmanship on this key is amazing! I am truly impressed. (http://www.i2rtf.com/html/traveler_light.html)
  • Power supply: ALINCO DM-330MV (http://www.alinco.com/Products/DM330MVE/)

Backup Equipment:

  • Backup rig: Yaesu FT-840 with 100W out. Old but works great!
  • Backup transmatch: MFJ-929. Small and fast. I could not ask for more.
  • Backup CW Electronic Keyer Paddle: MFJ-422D

My portable transceiver set up

 

Base antennas:

  • AlphaDelta DX-20: 20M monoband dipole
  • W8AMZ ½ Wave 10M monoband dipole

QRV antennas:

  • Spiderbeam (http://www.spiderbeam.com/). This is a DXpeditioner's dream antenna.
  • BigIR StepIR vertical. Worked my first VK0EK contact (on 20M) with this vertical antenna from upstate NY.
  • Radioworks Carolina Windom 80. Impressive performance on 80M to 10M bands. Too bad it is too large to install it in my apartment!
  • Cuschcraft TEN-3: 3 element Yagi, monoband (10M only). A piece of art. Works like a charm!

Working at the WE2OEM superstation, fixing the Mosley Pro 96 S beam. If you hear me 59/599++, I am working QRO from here with 1.5KW.

KO8SCA working at WE2OEM                

 KO8SCA on WE2OEM tower   WE2OEM 12 element beam

Testing my BigIR vertical:

Big Step IR

My 10M Cushcraft beam:

10M, 3-element, Yagi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating the night CW shift for WECA (www.weca.org) at Field Day 2016. Left picture is the CW truck and antenna. Right picture is inside the CW truck, operating from a K3.

  

KO8SCA QSL card:

  • If you mail me a QSL to my QRZ.com address you get mine in return 100%. No need for IRC or $$$. But, please include SAE to make it easier for me.
  • All QSLs received via the QSL Bureau are confirmed 100% via the QSL Bureau.
  • I upload all my QSOs to LoTW so you get the QSO confirmed right away, when you upload yours.
  • Sorry, no eQSL.

The QSO that started my love for DXing:

   

Callsigns:

I've got my first ham radio license when I turned 16. Callsigns I used in the past: YO8SCA, KC2FQU, VP5SCA, VP5/KO8SCA, J3/KO8SCA, TF/KO8SCA.

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