I was awake at midnight on day #85 as I’d been working a few stations just before in the build up to the CQ World-Wide WPX Contest which is one of the big HF contests of the year. I had no real plan for the contest, just to give away a few points and hopefully work some new DXCC entities.
I certainly gave away a few points and I definitely worked some new DXCC entities. I’m going to post the details for days #85 and #86 together because it’s simpler for me to do it like that.
I had 93 contest QSOs spread over the two days which really isn’t a lot compared to the big stations but I wasn’t on for the entire 48 hours and was picking and choosing who I worked. Those 93 QSOs included 30 separate DXCC entities of which 10 of them were new. I had a couple of contacts on 40m but the rest were all on 15m and 10m. As is normal for my contest QSOs, I’m just going to list bands and callsigns with the new DXCC highlighted.
4O3A (Montenegro), YT9X, E74EBL, HG7T
P33W, RA4PIT, RT4RO, RK4FF, RG3K, RA3QPY, B1Z (China), RM2U, R3KM, UA5A, SZ3P, CR3A, UA3RN, UW4I, UU2JQ, 5D5A, CQ8X (Azores), H2E, UI4I, UN8GV, RO4F, YR1C, KI1G, RF9C, JA6GCE (Japan), VP2EH (Anguilla), ST2AR (Sudan), EO4M, K6ND, R5GA, EB8AH, UZ2M, UU7J, R3GZ, RG6G, RN3RQ, K3MD, SV9COL (Crete), UA4LCH, EA7HLU, KC3R, PV2P, KQ2M, W5WMU, EA7RU, AJ1I, 6V7D, CQ3L, NN5J, RC3W, RW4WA, UR3HC, UB0A, R7MM, IO9E, II9T, RG9A, RL6M, RW0CN, 3V8SS (Tunisia), 5B4KH, JA0JHA, UN7MMM, CN2R, RC9O, RW4PL, RM3Q, UR5IFX, SV1CQN, SX1L, NU1O, AK1W, SZ1A, KR4Z, WZ4F, WW4LL, KM9P
6V7D, 9K2HN (Kuwait), LP1H, LU1HF, AY5F, D4C, LT1F, EA8/DL3KVR, CV5D (Uruguay), PT2CM, PS2T, PX2V
During the contest I had a call from Yan, M0YNK who mentioned that he’d just worked Israel on 24MHz so I tuned over to there and had a quick QSO with Ros, 4Z5LA not far from Tel Aviv for another new DXCC. In the early evening of day #86 I took a break from working contest stations and had JT65 QSOs on 80m with G8CGZ, David, RA3ZSE, Anatoley and RN4NCZ, Sergey followed by another JT65 contact on 10m with CX8AF, Horacio in Uruguay.
After a really busy wireless weekend I didn’t do too much on day #87 with just three QSOs. The first was a very quick chat on 15m SSB with SV3DCX, Panos in Greece and then I had two further QSOs on 15m JT65, the first with W1UU, Peter in the USA and then I worked Jose, PJ2MI in Curaçao. This last one was especially pleasing as Curaçao is one of the new DXCC entities formed just last year when the Netherlands Antilles was deleted from the records.