Amazing Reverse Beacon Network

I haven’t called CQ for a long time on CW except in contests. Mostly I have just responded to DX calls with a super short “5nn TU” and that’s it. But this Saturday I heard a presentation at the Norwegian Ham Meeting by Roland, SM6EAT about a Swedish initiative to increase CW activity. It is called Scandinavian Open CW Activity (SOCWA) and it has at present 452 members from Scandinavia in a wide sense of the word. It really got me interested in improving my CW skills.

So now I have started to call CQ SAX and have had my first long CW QSOs for years with SM and OH.

It is also amazing to look at the reverse beacon network and watch your own CQ being reported almost in real time from various Software Defined Receivers with CW Skimmers. Below is the result of the two CQs I have sent these two last days.

Sverre Holm, LA3ZA, is a regular contributor to and writes from Norway. Contact him at [email protected].

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