A nice surprise

was in the mail when I got home from work – an envelope from the ARRL.  I had recently updated my LOTW log and sent in an application for a bunch of DXCC entities that I had worked.  That application put  me over the 150 DXCC entities worked mark, so the League sent me a little “DXCC 150” sticker for my basic certificate.  I am surmising that you can get an endorsement stickers for multiples of 50 DXCC entities worked, ie 150, 200, 250, 300 and finally 320 and then Honor Roll, I guess.

This submission brought me up to 151 confirmed.  I actually have 3 or 4 more in the log with stations that do not use LOTW, so I will have to get their confirmations the old fashioned way.

In addition to those 3 or 4 I just mentioned, you can add another, as I worked SX5KL in the Dodecanese Islands for another new DXCC entity worked.  I actually worked him twice (yes, I know I’m a hog) once QRO and then about 90 minutes later QRP.  The first time, he was about a 579 here – 90 minutes later, he was blasting through at 599+ and the pileup wasn’t very fierce.  So I took the chance and got through the second time with 5 Watts and thanked him for listening to my QRP signal.

On an entirely different note, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes for a very safe journey to all of you out there who are traveling toward FDIM and Hamvention.  I hope the weather is great for you and that you all have a great time.  I wish that I could be with you guys at FDIM, and finally meet face to face with so many of you that I have come to consider to be good friends.

To paraphrase W.C. Fields – “All things considered, I’d rather be in Dayton”.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “A nice surprise”

  • Dave K1THP:

    Congrats on the DXCC progress. Some do it all the way to the Honor Roll in as little as 15 years (not QRP) and the rest of us take a lifetime. Enjoy the trip however long it may be. As for Dayton … every ham should get there at least once! My last time was in 1980. I think a return has been long over due. The last time I was there FDIM did not exist. This time it will be the reason to go. I am not a flea market guy but I do like to meet other QRP folks swap lies. BTW I do like flea markets, just don’t need any more junk!
    73,
    Dave K1THP

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