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Saturday, November 9, 2013

DPRK (North Korea - P5 DXCC prefix) QSL card

While sorting out some direct incoming QSLs, I had to put in the QSL box a card from a P4 station.

And, here I came across, once again, that unique, one and only, possibly my most precious, QSL card of all times.

P5/4L4FN ... North Korea ... most wanted DXCC entity worldwide for so many years (with small interchanges with KP1 - Navassa) is still confirmed for my Athenian callsign SV1DKL since 2002, with the card sorted out in my QSL box. Why not share this with my readers?

So, here is the jewel of my QSL collection, which Ed, 4L4FN, cared to send me and make me happy:

I can still recall the pileup I witnessed that day on 15m. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to be one of the first ops to work Ed, before the mass concetrated.

Enjoy and 73!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

1700 DXCC Challenge points reached !! 1800 is ... ahead !!

At a previous post (, I had set a personal target, to reach 1700 DXCC challenge points in LotW until the end of 2013.

Well, that came early, as checking today's LotW DXCC totals, I was happy to 
see the number 1700 showing at lower right side.

This mainly derives from the majority of contest logs uploaded to LotW, after 
CQ WW SSB, that took place lasst weekend. Just think that before that, my DXCC Challenge totals was 1655 !!

Below is my SV5DKL DXCC Challenge totals as of 02 November 2013:

and here is the respective SV1DKL DXCC Challenge totals as of 02 November 2013:

Now aiming for the 1800 mark ... that shows up ahead ;-)

Stathis, SV5DKL 

A Blast ... !!!

CQ WW SSB 2013 is over. This time it was a real blast !!

I wish we had this kind of propagation each time.
I really did not hesitate taking part in SOAB(A) HP category, although I operated for a frantic 43 hours and 9 minutes, while sleeping only for 1 hour during the event.

Below is my contest summary:

Call: SV5DKL
Operator(s): SV5DKL
Station: SV5DKL

Class: SOAB(A) HP
QTH: Rhodes Island-EU001
Operating Time (hrs): 43:09`

 Band  QSOs  Zones  Countries
  160:  101     8       42
   80:  265    13       70
   40:  477    26       94
   20: 1021    39      130
   15:  721    37      123
   10: 1059    39      136
Total: 3644   162      595  Total Score = 4,649,494
Of course, as you all already know, I am a statistics kind of guy, so in a few
days I am going to present here some very interesting statistics of this operation,
that help one make out the strategy and/or operation mistakes.
My obvious mistake was that I spent too much operating time hunting multipliers,
at periods where I could have easily had a 200+ QSO/hr runs. That resulted in more
mults, but less QSOs. With such good propagation, maybe I should have aimed 
for more 3-pointer QSOs, resulting to better points profit.
Moreover, all contest audio is recorded and will be uploaded to my searchable
contest audio database very soon, after editing.
Best rate was 300 QSOs in 60 minutes !!
Looking forward to the CW part, where I will be travelling to Western Greece, to 
join SZ1A Multi-single team.