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Monday, January 28, 2013

HST updates ...

Well, it looks like 2013 is a fruitful HST year. Lots of events, new targets set, new friends made, new travels enjoyed ... well, sure that is better than sniffing what your radio neighbours are saying on the local VHF frequencies, waiting for the worst time to attack them ...

So, back to the good stuff ...

Take a good look at this article on IARU's Region 1 official web site and read on Oliver's (Z32TO) list of HST events to take place this year. Bulgaria's BFRA is organizing two main HST events, one is the 1st Balkan HST championship, scheduled to take place end of May and of course, the 11th World High Speed Telegraphy Championship to take place between 22 and 26 September. Both of these events sound quite interesting to me and since they are being held in my neighbourhood, I will attend one of them for sure, and try to make some plans to attend the other, too.

A bit sooner, in the first 5 days of May, HST World Cup wil be held in Serbia by SRS. Sounds like a nice event, too, but it's Easter time here during that period and I cannot make any plans to attend.

There is also going to be held the DTP by DARC in Germany, and another event in Belarus, but those two are more "local" events, so I will just be monitoring the athletes' results.

The vast majority of you out there, is unaware of what exactly happens in HST Championships and how they are organized. Well, thanks to my good friend Vicky, SV2KBS, please find below a couple of links for the current HST rules in effect and also the current World Records per sport and per category:

Also, if you go to and search for "High Speed Telegraphy", you will come across a few very interesting videos, to give you a glimpse of what is going on there.
Moreover, in the site of RufZ software you will find a new tag named "Movies" ... most interesting videos in there, too !!
Finally, below is the link to the 1st official Bulletin of the 11th World HST Championship to be held in Borovets, Bulgaria. Those of you that are interested, read it on and examine the possibility to join in.
73s from Rhodes Island
Stathis, SV5DKL

Sunday, January 13, 2013

2000 WPX prefixes confirmed in LotW ... Ready to apply for WPX Award of Excellence

Just today I reached 2000 WPX confirmed prefixes solely from LotW confirmations.

Of course, much more have already been worked here (about the double !!), but it was a challenge to see this number showing up in LotW`s roster.

I have already been awarded the WPX mixed award and also I`ve been endorsed for the WPX mixed 20m, WPX mixed 15m, WPX mixed 10m, WPX mixed North America, WPX mixed Europe, WPX mixed Asia, WPX CW and WPX SSB awards.

Next step will be to apply for the WPX Award of Excellence which includes a beautiful engraved plaque for my trophies wall, after applying for WPX mixed 40m, WPX mixed 80m, WPX mixed South America, WPX mixed Africa and WPX mixed Oceania endorsements, for which I am already liable to apply, since my LotW confirmations allow me to do so.

Here is my current WPX standings in LotW:

Your Logbook WPX Account (SV5DKL - DODECANESE)

Account Status

WPX Mixed *775012252000
WPX Mixed 160M21000210
WPX Mixed 80M44100441
WPX Mixed 40M80700807
WPX Mixed 30M27000270
WPX Mixed 20M *70403311035
WPX Mixed 17M29500295
WPX Mixed 15M *88304211304
WPX Mixed 12M28000280
WPX Mixed 10M *82103011122
WPX Mixed 6M10500105
WPX Mixed North America *2010192393
WPX Mixed South America970097
WPX Mixed Europe *32307661089
WPX Mixed Africa10200102
WPX Mixed Asia *1050150255
WPX Mixed Oceania680068
WPX CW *87106251496
WPX CW 160M20400204
WPX CW 80M32800328
WPX CW 30M25800258
WPX CW 40M60500605
WPX CW 20M64500645
WPX CW 17M20500205
WPX CW 15M92500925
WPX CW 12M21800218
WPX CW 10M63700637
WPX CW 6M670067
WPX CW North America26900269
WPX CW South America660066
WPX CW Europe76900769
WPX CW Africa820082
WPX CW Asia17600176
WPX CW Oceania480048
WPX SSB *83105381369
WPX SSB 160M7007
WPX SSB 80M15700157
WPX SSB 40M37000370
WPX SSB 20M59900599
WPX SSB 17M11700117
WPX SSB 15M67200672
WPX SSB 12M750075
WPX SSB 10M80500805
WPX SSB 6M560056
WPX SSB North America23400234
WPX SSB South America750075
WPX SSB Europe68600686
WPX SSB Africa690069
WPX SSB Asia17600176
WPX SSB Oceania530053
WPX Digital63700637
WPX Digital 80M640064
WPX Digital 40M12800128
WPX Digital 30M190019
WPX Digital 20M37200372
WPX Digital 17M300030
WPX Digital 15M37400374
WPX Digital 12M320032
WPX Digital 10M760076
WPX Digital North America680068
WPX Digital South America150015
WPX Digital Europe42400424
WPX Digital Africa320032
WPX Digital Asia840084
WPX Digital Oceania160016
* = Award has been issued

Stay tuned for my progress on WPX awards programme.

73s from Rhodes Island
Stathis, SV5DKL

Monday, January 7, 2013

DXCC Challenge 1400 points reached ... next stop ... 1500 points !!

Back in 6th September 2012, I had reached the 1300 points mark in LotW`s DXCC Challenge confirmations. Read this post.

In just 3 months, I got today to the 1400 points mark, especially after many DXpeditions I had worked in the past uploaded their logs into LotW. Each DXped gave me a 6-point addition on average.

Here is my current DXCC & DXCC Challenge standing in LotW:

Being damn proud of this, I will move on the next stop, being the courteous 1500 points mark.

... One small step each time ...

73s from Rhodes Island
Stathis, SV5DKL

Thursday, January 3, 2013

1994 - 2012 Review

Best wishes to all my radio friends for the New Year 2013.

Completing 18 years in Amateur Radio, I thought I'd check out my all-time statistics, leading to a general review of what has been accomplished so far ...

As far as quantity is concerned, at the end of 2012 my QSO totals are 82.051 QSOs. And below is the QSO dispersion per year:

2012 was the most fruitful year, numbering about 12000 QSOs...that is almost 33 QSOs / day ... not bad !! Of course, the main reason for this high number is my participations in all major contests, plus many minor ones.
Band preference is the next statistic ... initially I thought 15m would prevail, but after seeing the below bar chart, I recalled the thousands of QSOs made with my 2 element Cubical Quad on 20m, when I used to be SV1DKL back in Athens.
But, what about continental dispersion ??? Well, I didn't expect the unexpected, so EU has my vast majority of my QSOs. AS and NA share the next place and as expected, OC and AN, with their reduced ham population, are far low in the list.
Last interesting statistic is the Mode preference. Again, I was suspicious that A1A would be the winner, but J3E still heads the race, with a marginal difference of about 2000 QSOs. F1B, as expected, rules the 3rd place and then come all the rest ...
That's all for now !! Most possibly, next review will be made when my 2nd decade as an Amateur Radio operator will be over ... I hope by then the magic number of 100.000 QSOs will have been reached.
73s from Rhodes Island and HNY to all.
Stathis, SV5DKL