JA CQ Magazine and DX “Celebrities”

It’s been just over 90 days since I returned from E51AMF/E51ADD.  The memories are still just as vividly and indelibly etched in my skull, but I haven’t been good about sharing them here.  Instead of aiming for long-form updates, I endeavor to share snippets and may stumble upon inspiration along the way. As I reflected on my return trip,… Read More »

Reflections on Radio and My Trip

As I departed Manihiki on the little Embrair 110, I found found myself reflecting on my time on the atoll, the people I met, my experiences, and my first real DXPedition.  I scrambled to retain the incredibly positive and optimistic feelings I had. This tiny little island has left an indelible mark on me and the time off… Read More »

Magic Incantation to Redeem IRCs

Up until this DXPedition, I’d only received on IRC (International Reply Coupon) and simply passed it on to another JA who’s confirmation I wanted.  With the flood of E51AMF QSL cards, I received a pile of IRCs and needed a mechanism to redeem them.  Coincidentally, Dan – W7WA, posted to the Western Washington DX Club’s Yahoo Group (“reflector”)… Read More »

E51AMF – K7ADD Confirmed

Having returned from E51AMF in the North Cook Islands, I was incredibly excited to see my own confirmation.  I used the expensive WiFi on-site to remote my home station’s Flex 6500 and make a barefoot RTTY contact.  I gave myself bi-directional 599s, but the K7ADD me was probably 459 – took a number of repeated calls to make sure… Read More »

A DXCC A Year Keeps the Doctor Away

One of the visualizations on Club Log is the DXCC Timeline view. It’s shocking how much DX I worked in my first 5 months on the air (2013) with an IC-7000 and a G5RV at 20 feet. 2014 saw me addition of the Hexbeam on the roof and the AL80B and not much travel. Throughout 2015 and 2016,… Read More »