A productive weekend

A weekend of camping out on the K3UK Sked Page paid off with a handful of needed contacts, including a few unusual ones: Alaska on phone and Australia on CW, both on 10 meters. I found myself rapidly transitioning from band to band, mode to mode in an effort to answer QSO requests, and to pursue my own.

Sunday saw me working phone, RTTY, JT9 and CW all within a span of about an hour, from 10 meters to 40 meters. Here’s what I have left to track down to score the Triple Play:

Digital:

  • North Dakota

Phone:

  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota

CW: 

  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Louisiana
  • Nebraska
  • Wyoming

I’ve been working with K0JV in South Dakota for the past 3-4 days trying to complete a QSO. We’ve come very close; I was able to hear him just fine one evening, but he couldn’t get a solid lock on me. The propagation just hasn’t been there, even during grayline hours.

Nebraska has me a little worried. It was one of the last states I needed for Worked All States (Basic) around this time last year. I don’t know why, but I just never hear Nebraska. It’s the only state I need two QSOs from to complete the challenge.

LOTW angst

As much as I enjoy advocating the Logbook of the World, I’m not going to deny it has some serious issues. Getting logs into the system has been a real pain the last few days, and I couldn’t even get logged in to check my totals for most of Sunday. I can see why so many new users get turned off by it.

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