April started badly for me because I managed to melt my Cushcraft MA-5B on the first day of the month while operating the ‘AFD Contest’, Ironic really as it was an April Fools Day joke which backfired when the aerial went pop!
However it’s been a good month apart from that. I’ve worked a nice number of new DXCC entities including Spratly, South Korea, Cambodia, Mount Athos, the Falkland Islands and Iraq. In the last couple of days I picked up Bolivia and the British Virgin Islands as well, these two being on 20m using CW.
My DXCC confirmed count on LoTW has also shot up because the application I put in some weeks ago for 10m DXCC has been accepted and approved so the QSL cards I submitted have been added to my online total. I’m nearly done with 15m DXCC as well and will be submitting that when the last couple of countries are confirmed.
QSOs made: 502
DXCC entities worked: 81
New DXCC entities worked: 13
Total DXCC worked: 184
Total DXCC confirmed using LoTW: 151
Total DXCC confirmed using LoTW/QSL cards: 158