I’m gearing up for another QSO a day in 2014 and like a marathon runner might begin training a few months prior, I’ve also started training and prepping for the challenge. I’ve been on the air running JT65A, JT9, PSK, RTTY and attempting to bust the pileups on SSB for 5J0R (unsuccessfully, but still trying).
Why set a goal of a QSO each day? I must first give credit where credit is due and thank Keith, G6NHU for both the idea and the inspiration. Keith successfully completed his QSO365 challenge in 2011. It was an honor to work Keith in 2011 and be one of the many QSO’s he completed that year and yes he successfully met his challenge.
If you’ve followed my blogging and podcasts over the past few years, you know I attempted a QSO a Day challenge in 2012. I successfully met my goal of getting on the air each and every day (366 days) and completing at least one QSO each day. While I can honestly say “It’s not about the numbers”, my logbook exploded with the number of QSO’s going in and most importantly my DXCC count also grew more in 2012 than in the previous years since I had been licensed. I also earned my WAS in several categories.
I chose not to attempt the challenge in 2013 as I knew my travel schedule would prevent me from meeting my goal. Also, I have spent much of 2013 focused on my health and as of today, my total weight loss is 36 pounds. I’m a light 195 with a goal of 15 more to lose between now and Spring 2014. I feel as if I’m 20 years younger and have no desire to return to the heavy side again.
One thing I do plan to do differently in 2014 which I didn’t do in 2012, is make a QSL card available (a brand new design) and on the back I’ll identify which day in 2014 the QSO was logged.
As part of my efforts to educate, encourage and inspire….I certainly hope you’ll join me in your very own QSO a day Challenge in 2014. While I can’t guarantee you’ll add to your DXCC count, or earn your WAS wallpaper…I believe you’ll have fun just the same.
Until next time…
73 de KD0BIK