Friday, February 16, 2024

The "King" is here this weekend.

At least one of them, anyway.  Perhaps, the oldest DX Contest - the ARRL WW DX CW is this weekend. Again, as long as Ol' Sol doesn't throw a fit and cough up on all of us - we're as close to the peak of the sunspot cycle as we can be. If your backside is inclined to sit for the entire event, there's no reason you can't substantially fatten up your DXCC tally - or even complete your DXCC if you don't have it yet.

Personally, I am only four countries away from making DXCC on 15 Meters and 12 countries away from DXCC on 10 Meters. I'll have to see what I can accomplish on those two bands this weekend.

QRPers ...... the best part of the contest is Saturday night and into Sunday. A lot of the big guns will be looking for points to pad their tallies and will listen for weaker signals - especially Sunday afternoon.

New CW'ers - the exchange is easy! Signal report and your state or province. The report back to you will be a signal report and output power report. The exchange is not difficult and after a while you will notice your ability to copy higher speed CW has increased.

New in the contest for 2024:

Limited Antenna Overlay: Any Single Operator or Single Operator Unlimited entrant can enter using the Limited Antennas Overlay. Operation is limited to the use of single-element antennas such as a single vertical, end-fed wire, or a single dipole antenna no more than 50 feet above ground at its highest point. The antenna(s) may cover multiple bands, as in the case of multiband verticals and dipoles with fan or trap constructions.


ARRL Inter. DX Contest, CW -

YLRL YL-OM Contest -

FISTS Sunday Sprint -

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest -

Special Event Stations:

02/17/2024 | 40th Anniversary for Mid State Amateur Radio Club

Feb 17-Feb 24, 0000Z-2100Z, W9MID, Franklin, IN. Mid State Amateur Radio Club. 14.265 7.227. QSL. Chris Frederick, 255 Hillendale Dr, Greenwood, IN 46142.

02/17/2024 | HL Hunley Submarine special event station – N4HLH 2024

Feb 17, 1500Z-1900Z, N4HLH, Sullivans Island, SC. Trident Amateur Radio Club. 7.117(CW) 7.262 14.262 28.462 . QSL. N4HLH / Trident Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 60732, North Charleston, SC 29419.

02/17/2024 | Ice Station W0JH - Frozen Minnesota Lake Portable

Feb 17-Feb 19, 1600Z-2300Z, W0JH, Stillwater, MN. Stillwater (MN) Amateur Radio Association (SARA). 21.360 14.260 7.260 3.860. Certificate. Available by, email only,, MN 55082. W0JH will operate portable from a frozen lake in Washington County, Minnesota (Grid Square EN34). In a meager attempt to drive away the remainder of Minnesota winter, the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association will be generating as much RF as possible over the President's Day long weekend. (Please help us!!) Certificates will ONLY be sent via email in PDF format. (Send requests with standard QSL confirmation info to: There is no need to send a QSL card. Info: W0JH at &

02/17/2024 | Washington's Birthday Celebration

Feb 17, 1500Z-2100Z, W0ARC, Washington, IA. Washington Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc. 7.071, 7.200 14.071, 14.275 21.074, 21.310 28.071, 28.350. QSL. Mark Lukins, AB0DX, 802 N 2nd Ave, Washington, IA 52353. Find us on 10, 15, 20, and 40M phone as well! Look for us on DX Summit. Send a SASE to us for a commemorative QSL card. We are located in Washington county, Washington township, City of Washington, on Washington street!!

02/18/2024 | Engineer’s Week at Collins Aerospace

Feb 18-Feb 24, 1700Z-1900Z, W0CXX, Cedar Rapids, IA. Collins Amateur Radio Club. 7.180 MHz 14.263 MHz 21.380 MHz 28.380 MHz. QSL. Engineer's Week at Collins Aerospace SES, 1110 Lyndhurst Dr, Hiawatha, IA 52233. Note: The times are during lunch break however there may be times outside of what is specified that club members may operate during these days especially Sunday (18th) and Saturday (24th).


Feb 18-Feb 19, 1500Z-2000Z, K4US, Alexandria, VA. Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club (MVARC). 7.042 7.242 14.042 14.242. QSL. MVARC, P.O. Box 7234, Alexandria, VA 22307.

02/19/2024 | Dry Tortugas & The Florida Keys 2024

Feb 19-Feb 29, 0000Z-0000Z, N4T, Mount Joy, PA. Molly & Friends. 14.336; SSB, CW, FT8/FT4, and satellites. QSL. Molly Sauder, 1509 Pinkerton Rd, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Here's your chance for a rare grid as well as ARLHS, IOTA, POTA, USI and WLOTA. We plan to be on air using SSB, CW, FT8/FT4 and satellites. Spot via POTA & DX Summit.

72 de Larry W2LJ

QRP - When you care to send the very least!

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