This weekend turned out to be a lot busier than expected. With Thanksgiving, and now the beginnings of getting the house ready for the Christmas season, there wasn't a lot of time for radio. But I did get to play in the CQ WWDX contest for about an hour and a half this afternoon. 10 Meters was hot! In those 90 minutes, I worked 50 different stations, about 40 different countries, all of them QRP save one.
When I heard V55V on the band, I cranked up the KXPA100 quicker than you can say "Jack Robinson". Namibia is a totally new one for me, and I rarely hear them on the air. Even with QRO power, it took me a while to break the pileup, but break it I did. I am coming closer, ever closer to the 200 DXCC entities worked mark.
Oh, and last week, this came through the mail:
My second DXCC certificate. This one for working 100 different entities using CW only. And I noticed something interesting, indeed. My original DXCC certificate, which is for the "mixed" category was issued back in May, 2003 and is certificate #38,973. This certificate, for an all CW DXCC, issued some 11 years later, is only certificate #20,995. I'm not sure what to make of that.
Hope you all had fun in the contest this weekend. The bands seemed to be in great shape, I hope a lot of QRPers either earned, or got a great start on their QRP DXCC.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!