This weekend was the ARRL RTTY Roundup contest and for the first time, FT8 was allowed. I spent a couple of hours operating just to give away a few points and get some experience using the new version of WSJT-X in contest mode.
I’d been working mainly European stations and all of a sudden, I noticed an unfamiliar callsign on my screen – 9L1YXJ which WSJT-X identified as Sierra Leone. I was fairly sure I’d not worked this country before and it only took a few seconds to double check. I was right, this was a potential new one.
A couple of minutes later I managed to complete a QSO with Mark and I’m very pleased that he’s already confirmed the contact on LoTW. This takes me to 277 DXCC entities worked and confirmed.
All new DXCCs are good, they’re especially good when they’re unexpected.