Getting close to WAS

I checked Logbook of the World a moment ago and realized I was closer to achieving the Worked All States basic award than I thought.

According to LOTW, I have 13 contacts left. Cross-checking with my log, I’ve actually worked seven of those remaining contacts, but there hasn’t been an online confirmation for them yet. Seeing as how all of those unconfirmed contacts were from QSO parties, digital mode contacts, or special event stations, it boggles my mind that they wouldn’t be on LOTW.

Anyway, here’s what’s left, unofficially:

  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • West Virginia

I know Alaska and Hawaii will be difficult to grab. I’ve heard both states before, but they were way down in the noise and they get hammered like rare DX when they do show up. I can’t believe I’ve never had a QSO with Nevada!

3 thoughts on “Getting close to WAS

  1. Nicely done! I understand that West Virginia can be a tough state to work as well. I’ve worked the others on your list, but I’m on the west coast. I have yet to work South Carolina, though!


    • Howdy Jesse! Yeah I should be able to work W. Virginia easily on 40 meters from my location; I’ve just never heard any stations from there. I’ve worked into Canada many times, including several times on QRP (the most memorable one was a setup with the FT-817 and a Buddistick antenna setup on the beach!)

      If you ever get desperate and need South Carolina let me know and we can try to schedule something (I don’t think I’ve scored a British Columbia contact yet). It would be a long haul for both of us, but maybe a digital mode would work! At least until I build my moxun…

      I’ll definitely be following your blog.

      73, Andrew

      • Hi Andrew,

        Glad to hear you’re following my blog. I’m following yours also. A scheduled contact sounds like great fun, even just for experimentation’s sake! Digital modes are probably the way to go. I run an FT-817 too, so I’m QRP.

        The Moxun sounds like a fun project — I’ve been reading up on those lately, and plan to build one eventually. Have also been thinking about operating verticals seaside, as you mentioned. I’m thinking that would be a good way to snag some trans-Pacific contacts.

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