Eleven down, One to go

This blog update on my 2012 Challenge of having at least one QSO per day is late.  However, I’m still very much on track and as I post this update, I have less than two weeks to go.  Barring the Mayan’s were correct or some other catastrophic issue occur, I should easily coast through the remaining time without a problem.

2012-12-07 10.06.19 December is always a busy month for me.  My wife and I typically travel down to Texas to visit my family in early December.  This year was no exception.  I carried my Buddipole, Elecraft KX3 and my laptop and was successful at getting at least one JT65 QSO each day.  On the last evening a cold front moved into the area and I had to enlist my darling wife to come and help hold the Buddipole antenna tripod.  While I had concerns I might not be successful at getting contacts with this setup, the stress was for not.  Band conditions were fine and I managed to work many stations running just 5-10 watts out of the KX3.  The picture is my Buddipole setup as a dipole in my grandmothers front yard. 

Anyway, enough about December…here are my results for November. 


The QSO breakdown for November is as follows:

Number QSO’s




2m FM  

Additional notes of interest:

DX Stations Worked in November – 3

New DX Entities in November – 0

Total QSO’s for 2012 – 1392

Total consecutive QSO days – 335

Days left in 2012 – 31

Until next time…

73 de KD0BIK

Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Colorado, USA. He is the host of the Practical Amateur Radio Podcast. Contact him at [email protected].

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