Sunday, November 30, 2014


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!


  1. Larry,

    It's simple. Each type of DXCC certificate is numbered separately. Not everyone who gets "Mixed" applies for "CW." Indeed, there are a number of DXers who only work phone, or who don't care to get the individual mode awards.

    Congratulations on CW DXCC.

  2. Aware of that. I was just surprised by the lower number of CW certificates issued. I guess the main reason is that it takes a longer time to become proficient in CW enough to effectively chase DX.

    But I would have thought that since CW was the mode "du jour" for SO many years since the beginning of the DXCC program, that there would have been more.

  3. I think, but am not sure, that the CW DXCC was also introduced as an award much later than the Mixed and even Phone.