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I have been back on the air after a long time being idle.

The Paper chase

Lately I have been working on a bunch of awards I should have gotten long ago. I finished my 5BWAS, and I have been working on getting confirmations for all states on those 5 bands on CW, Phone, and Data. Just finished my 5B-DXCC, with the hardest band being 80 meters.  Now on to the WARC bands! (WAS for 30 done).

Last year at Dayton, I picked up an Icom IC-706 Mk II G.  It's a nice little rig, and it gets me onto the WARC bands.  I just got it set up for digital, and I am very happy with the FSK from this rig.

One of my goals for this year was to get all 5 bands on phone, on CW, and on data.  Basically the ARRL triple play award on all five bands without the requirement for LoTW.  I will do that later.  I have finished phone and CW (although I have not gotten to the card checker yet for the paper QSLs.  I am still looking for JUST ONE CONTACT: DATA on 80 meters from Alaska!  

My total number of countries worked has just gotten to the point that I am counting down rather than up.  I now have (only) 83 available All Time New Ones to try for.  My current confirmed total stands at 262.

DXCC remaining ATNO's
Asia Antarctica Oceana Africa
Afghanistan Peter 1 Is Baker & Howland Agalega & St Brandon
Andaman & Nicobar   Banaba I Annobon I
Bangladesh   Brunei Darussalam Bouvet
Bhutan Europe Christmas I Burundi
Combodia Mt Athos Cocos (Keeling) Is Chad
DPR Korea   Conway Reef Crozet I
Hong Kong   Dulcie I Equatorial Guinea
India S America Johnston I Ethiopia
Iran Malpeo I Kermadec Is Glorioso Is
Iraq San Felix & San Ambr Macquarie I Heard I
Lakshadweep I South Orkney I Mellish Reef Juan de Nova, Europa
Laos St Peter & St Paul Rock Minami Torushima Kerguelen Is
Macao   N Zealand Antarctic Mayotte
Maldives   Palmyra and Jarvis Niger
Myanmar   Rotuma I Pr Edward & Marion Is
Nepal N America Solomon I Somalia
Ogasawara Aves I Swains I Tristan de Cunha & Gough I
Pakistan Clipperton I Temotu Province Tromelin
Pratas I Desecheo I Wake I Uganda
Scarborough Reef Revillagigedo    
Spratley Is      
Viet Nam      

I was originally licensed as a Novice back in August of 1976 as WN8BOL.  

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DX World Award#6078
Granted: 2017-10-24 01:50:02   (W8GU)

United States Counties Award#3767
Granted: 2016-08-03 09:16:02   (W8GU)

  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
United States Award#1113
Granted: 2015-04-27 19:55:02   (W8GU)

  • Mixed Digital
World Continents Award#647
Granted: 2015-01-17 02:17:11   (W8GU)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • Mixed CW
Grid Squared Award#605
Granted: 2015-01-17 02:17:09   (W8GU)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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