Friday, March 22, 2013

Two new DXCC in 24 hours

The higher your DXCC count, the harder it is to work new ones. At 285, I imagine things are going to get a lot more difficult at the shack of EI2KC from now on. However, the past 24 hours has bucked the trend, because I worked not one, but two new DXCCs in that period.

Yesterday morning, while unsuccessfully trying to bag H40T on 30m CW, I QSYed down the band to find XR0YG (Easter Island) and could hear them so I decided to give it a go. A short time later, I heard that beautiful music wafting through the ether "EI2KC 5NN". That was DXCC #286 for me.
A screen shot showing my XR0YG and T2GM confirmations on LoTW
This morning, I got a text message from another ham friend at 6.45am saying "H40T on 7015, up 2, gud sig".  So I got straight out of bed and headed down to the shack, putting the equipment on (and the kettle) while still getting dressed!! Sure enough, I could hear H40T on that QRG, and could hear that he was working around two to three KCs up.

With the linear warmed up, I hit the ground running. At 7.06am, I heard "KC 5NN" but did not respond in case it wasn't me. A second later I heard "EI2KC 5NN" so I have him "RR EI2KC 5NN TU" and I had DXCC #287 in the log. What a great pleasure!! I was the last one in the log before they went QRX/QRT. They disappeared off 30m CW a few minutes later shortly after I started trying them there.

I am both astonished and delighted to see that XR0YG has already confirmed our QSO yesterday on ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW). Really impressed with that. I also have confirmation of my first QSO with T2GM Tuvalu on 30m CW, and am awaiting two further confirmations for 20m and 17m.

Anyway, two new ones in 24 hours is a rare achievement these days. I will try the XR0YG dxpedition on other bands if I get the chance but I have a busy weekend ahead and may not get anywhere near the radios...

1 comment:

  1. Hi Anthony,

    I've been reading your blog for a while and it has inspired me to get a licence myself and eventually buy a radio.. I've asked this question around in forums but no-one can really answer, maybe you can?

    I'm reading "Advance! The Full Licence Manual" by RSGB and the Author of the book often mentions that formulas, band plans, licencing conditions booklets and other valuable materials are made available for candidates during an exam. Is that the case in Ireland as well or do I have to memorize them?


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