July is upon us…and then passed.

I have not had much time due to pro­fes­sion­al com­mit­ments to play on the radio much. I DID get to enjoy the June ver­sion of ARRL VHF con­test, and 6 Meter Spo­radic E (Es) was mak­ing for some freakin’ fun times! So much, that I start­ed dream­ing about what I would need to do to be com­pet­i­tive on 6M.

Maybe life ISN’T too short for QRP

I was tun­ing around my dilap­i­dat­ed and total­ly neglect­ed sta­tion (more on that lat­er) and came across a bunch of slow­ish, hand-sent, con­tin­u­ous wave sig­nals on 20M send­ing “CQ NA”. What? A quick look over at the WA7BNM’s web­site (THE author­i­ty on con­tests hap­pen­ing regard­less of coun­try of ori­gin or spon­sor­ing enti­ty) con­firmed I was hear­ing the monthly …

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QSL Return Rates

eQSL con­fir­ma­tion rate: 26% LoTW con­fir­ma­tion rate: 46% If CQ is seri­ous about using eQSL for the con­fir­ma­tion cam­paigns for their pri­ma­ry awards, the par­tic­i­pa­tion bet­ter step up. The Triple Play Award has stepped up the usage of LoTW. Learn­ing curve is steep, but sec­ond nature once you get the freakin’ hang of the cer­tifi­cate sys­tem. (Warn­ing, gross generalizations …

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