Today I got the result of the 2017 “World Wide 160 Meter DX Contest CW” were I participated in the Low Power Category with just the K3 barefoot. Finally it ended up in 6th place in DL out of 84 participants and I am quite satisfied, because operation was just 50% of the total Contest time. The SSB-part endet up with ranking 19 out of 34, but that one was just for fun.
Normally CW is my favourite mode, but but from time to time I use digital modes on Hf like PSK31/PSK63 for example to complete the white spots for my DXCC-Award. Talking about HF-bands I never saw any use of JT65-modes here because for me it is much too slow compared to a nice CW contact. With the availability of the new mode FT8 things changed. The software based on a FSK 8 tone code, an occupied bandwidth of 47 Hz and a 15 second tournaround! This increased the activity dramatically and even rare DX-stations appeared and uses FT8 mode.
These days Joe, OE4VIE, has initiated the FT8-DMC Club and offer some very nice and colourful, free of charge pdf-Awards. They pushed the activity right again, not to say there is a real FT8 hype now. The WAC Award (Worked all Continents) is not a challenge at all, because it could be worked within an hour by a well equipped station. The DXCC Award is even more difficult and issued for contacts with 100 DXCC entities, like the original by ARRL.
In remembrance of the death of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkey’s first president, Radio Amateurs from Turkey will be active with special event stations TC10* from 20 October until 20 November 2017. Rules could be found here.
To commemorate the 72st Independence Day of The Republic of Indonesia on August 17, 2016, “Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia” proudly presents again this year the Special Event Station YB72RI and a nice Award working 5 to 10 Indonesian Districts between Aug. 01 – Aug. 17, 2017. The Award is free of charge and can be downloaded as pdf-file.
The Irish “Limerick Radio Club” offered the “Wild Atlantic Way” Award during the year 2017 for working the special stations EI11 – EI99. Each callsign represents a county on the route. The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,500 Km route winding its way through the 9 counties on the Western Seaboard of Ireland. Along the route there are scenic areas, Towns and Villages, each with their own distinctive character. The pdf-Award is free of charge and arrived today via E-Mail from the Manager EI6AL – thanks Dave!
During the 2017 Soccer Confederation’s Cup the Russian Radio Club SRR and Miller DX-Club offered several short-term Awards for a different number of contacts and/or modes with the special stations R17xxx. More informations to find here. I am not a fan of soccer games and completing the awards is not a great challenge but some fun to work these stations during the poor conditions of the decreasing number of sunspots.
The International HF Cup of Black Sea is carried out by BSCC (Black Sea Contest Club). The aim of the competition is to make as many contacts with hams around the world as possible, especially with the radio stations from Black Sea region countries, members of BSCC, BSCC Headquarters’ station, radio clubs and the headquarters of the national amateur radio organizations – members of the IARU (HQ-stations).
Surprisingly I received this nice looking Contest Award today per E-Mail. Thank you BSCC!
The 3rd CISM World Winter Gamestook took place in Sochi (Russia) from February 22-28, 2017. The “Miller-DX-Club” offers free to download Awards in 6 different classes for working special stations. More informations to find here.
Another attractive short term Award is issued from the Spanish Amateur Radio Union URE to commemorate the 14th International Antarctic Week 2017 to all radioamateurs worldwide who contact with a number of Special Event Stations that will be active on the HF bands. The four classes Bronze ,Silver, Gold and Platinum depends on the number of special stations worked.
Short term Awards become more and more popular nowadays. This one comes from Spain as a free pdf-download and celebrates the 400th Anniversary of the death of the famous writer Miguel de Cervantes, one of the greatest writers in Universal History. His most iconic novel, “Don Quixote” is the most edited and translated book in all Literature History, just behind The Bible.
Got Award-Number #0095 (Plata), #0046 (Gold), #0021 (Platino)