Hoping to complete DXCC on behalf of the club, Bob, WB4SON, participated as W1SYE during this past weekend’ ARRL CW DX Contest. As weekends are busy for everybody, limited time was available, perhaps a total of 10 hours on Saturday and Sunday (out of the full 48 hour period).
W1SYE worked a total of 75 countries, selecting those that are active in LotW to increase the odds of obtaining confirmations that way. The contest log was uploaded to LotW this morning, and W1SYE’s confirmed DXCC count is now up to 40 countries!
In the DX world, Hawaii and Alaska count as separate countries. Both were worked during this contest, so if confirmations arrive we will increase our WAS standings — Currently we need confirmation for working Alaska, Hawaii, and Montana to complete WAS.
Since the log was uploaded about 12 hours after the end of the contest, and logs aren’t due until March 22nd, getting 14 confirmations right off the bat was pretty amazing. More are sure to come in the weeks and months ahead.
The ARRL Phone DX Contest is coming in two weeks, March 5-6. Perhaps a club member might like to operate as W1SYE during that contest to bring us closer to obtaining DXCC?