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JW8AJA LoTW stats for 2018 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:05:00 +0000 Here are my stats for my JW8AJA call. These stats are from February 16th, 2018. I have 93 DXCC’s confirmed and 50 states. It seems as I have gotten a Delaware confirmation without me noticing it. It turns out that K3WI has confirmed an LoTW contact. My log however, shows Maryland on that one. I don’t know how that one slipped past me. Anyway, all 50 states confirmed on LoTW. Now all I need are 7 more for LoTW DXCC.

The total percentage has not increased very much, but I see some new confirmations show up on LoTW from time to time. Keep those confirmations coming!

Yearly statistics:

Year # QSO’es # Confirmed %
2002 3651 1036 28.38 %
2006 1521 647 42.54 %
2011 2605 1417 54.40 %
Total 7777 3100 39.86 %

Band/Mode statistics:

Band/Mode Mixed Phone CW DIGI 80 40 30 20 17 15 12 10 6
Confirmed 93 50 76 41 9 49 38 80 27 25 29 22 1
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LA8AJA LoTW stats for 2018 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:32:55 +0000 Here is my annual LoTW stat post for LA8AJA. These number are from January 21st. I’ve gotten 1 more DXCC confirmed on LoTW since the last report a year ago.  This time I only got almost a 1% increase in confirmed contacts via LoTW.

As I said last year, older QSO’es keep showing up on LoTW. All years, except 2005, has gotten more QSO’es confirmed. I like that very much. It’s just a pity that some stations who are very active, refuses to use LoTW.

Out of my 338 DXCC’s worked, I still need confirmation on LoTW from SV/a, EZ, JD1/m, VK0/m and VP6/d.

I just need two more current DXCC confirmed to have the required 331 confirmed for honor roll.

Yearly statistics:

Year # QSO’es # Confirmed %
1995 348 29 8.33 %
1996 1320 149 11.29 %
1997 3098 391 12.62 %
1998 1848 261 14.12 %
1999 2482 447 18.01 %
2000 2998 651 21.71 %
2001 1685 332 19.70 %
2002 585 108 18.46 %
2003 466 80 17.17 %
2004 44 15 34.09 %
2005 41 18 43.90 %
2006 216 90 41.67 %
2007 160 57 35.63 %
2008 444 195 43.92 %
2009 2021 986 48.79 %
2010 2056 1197 58.22 %
2011 1682 868 51.61 %
2012 1468 658 44.82 %
2013 651 426 65.44 %
2014 1452 714 49.17 %
2015 114 69 60.53 %
2016 580 396 68.28 %
2017 112 54 48.21 %
2018 3 2 66.67 %
Total 25874 8193 31.66 %

Here are my band, mode and DXCC statistics:

Band/Mode Mixed Phone CW DIGI 160 80 40 30 20 17 15 12 10 6 2
Confirmed 333 212 322 197 74 122 239 257 241 212 212 177 182 115 19

As always, keep the confirmations coming!

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Happy new year 2018! Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:10:35 +0000 fireworks Happy new DX year everyone. I know it’s a bit late, but now it’s done.

I haven’t posted a radio report in a while, so here it goes. Radio has been slow the least year, but I did work a few contacts.

On August 12th, I worked AL3/AA7CH on 20M. I’m not in the log, so I do not really know which call he did log.

On August 13th, I worked AL3/AA7CH on 30M CW from NA-042. I was in the log this time, and a new iota for me.

On August 26th, I worked NL6/AA7CH on 30M CW from NA-157 for a new iota.

On August 27th, I worked NL6/AA7CH on 20M CW from NA-157.

On October 6th, I worked RI1F on 30M CW from EU-190 for a new iota.

On October 8th, I worked RI1F on 40M CW from EU-190.

On October 15th, I worked H40GC on 40M CW for a new one on 40M.

On October 17th, I worked 3C0L on 30M CW for a new one on 30M.

On October 22nd, I worked F6KOP/p on 17M CW and 20M SSB from iota EU-148. That was a new iota for me.

On October 29th, I worked 3XY3D/p on 17M CW from AF-096 for a new iota.

On November 5th, I worked VK9MA on 30M CW for a new one on 30M. My friend LB8DC was one of the operators on that trip.

On November 19th, I worked EG1ET on 20M CW from EU-077 for a new iota.

That was it for a late report from 2017.


#333 on LoTW with 9E1C Tue, 26 Dec 2017 21:40:28 +0000 lotw-logo-c.jpg I got a nice surprise about a week ago. I’ve been waiting for ET7L to be acknowledged for DXCC, but it seems like that will neverhappen. I hear they used a commercial licence to work the contacts. Anyway, 9E1C suddenly popped up when I checked the most recent QSLs. That means I finally got Ethiopia confirmed. I’m now at #333 on LoTW, and I only need 5 more to have all my worked DXCC’s confirmed on LoTW.

Keep the confirmations coming 🙂

6M opening to NA on July 29th Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:02:23 +0000 On July 29th, 6M suddenly opened to North America. This time I got a shot at trying out the new FT8 mode.

I started calling and I was answered by K3WW. W4YZJ, N3RG, K1JT, AK4QR, VE3MMQ, N2WK, VE3CKO and W3LL quickly followed in my log. The opening lasted around 35 minutes.

The opening was quite widespread as can be seen on the pictures from Pskreporter. It was fun to try out the new mode, and the shorter periods made it possible to use shorter time to work stations. I did struggle with the decode several times. I don’t know why, as the signal was audible and strong. It might have been qsb, the time might have been off, or it could have been related to the mode being in beta at that time.

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6M aurora on July 16th Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:39:18 +0000 la8aja_6m_aurora_july_16h_2017 This was quite a good aurora, and it started early in the day. My first qso was worked at 1253z.
The last qso was worked at 1537z. I worked a total of 48 qsoes, and many stations were new in my log. Usually I work quite a lot of dupes during these opening, but this time it was different.

I worked 33 gridsquares, and the longest qso was G4ELJ in IO91. I worked these 12 DXCC’s: DL, ES, G, GM, LA, LY, OH, OZ, PA, SM, SP and YL.

The map was made with a tool made by DL4MFM.

#151 worked on 6M with XE2CQ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:50:56 +0000 heard-by-la8aja-on-july-4th la8aja-was-heard-on-july-4th

It was July 4th. I was out cutting the gras. When I was finished, I had gotten a message from LA7QIA wondering if he should be home now.
As I had been outside, I didn’t really understand what he meant. I started checking things and noticed LA-stations were reporting hearing
stations from the west coast on 6M on JT65. I quickly ran to my station and turned everything on. On my first decode the frequency
were quite active with loud stations coming in.

I quickly started calling CQ, hoping to work a few stations. The first station in the log was NA6L. He was quickly followed by K7JA.
I noticed at the same time that I was hearing XE2CQ very strong. I have never heard Mexico on 6M, and I know only a few LA’s worked into Mexico during the F2-days several years ago. Luckily I managed to work him for #151 on 6M. That was something I had only dreamt about until this day, and it was also a new waz at the same time.

The opening continued on and I logged KR7O, K7JE, AA7A (WAS #41), KF2T (WAS #42), N7CW, N6RW, AI1K and finally N6ML. The opening lasted from 1710z until 1803z. I know I was being heard several places, but I couldn’t hear any stations at all. I can’t say why, and I don’t think my noiselevel was that high. K7ULS heard me in Utah, but I could never copy him. That would have been a new state. N6SPP even reported hearing me on a dipole 3M above ground. W7MEM heard me in Idaho, and I did notice that VE5UF had heard me as well.

This was the first time I worked into the west coast. I managed to work New Mexico a few years back, but I never made it any further. I know a few other LA’s did work all the way to the west coast.

The pictures are from pskreporter. The first are stations I heard, and the second are stations that heard me. I hope I’ll get one opening like this again.

#150 worked on 6M with PJ7/W9DR in the log Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:13:10 +0000 pj7_w9dr Radio started very slow this year. My first qso was with my friend K3LU. I worked Ulis on 20M CW on January 1st. He had a great signal, and it was nice to work him again.

On January 31st, I worked TU5MH on 40M and 30M CW. That was a new country on both bands.

My next qso was then worked in April. I worked R71RRC on 30M CW from iota AS-071. That was a new iota for me.

On May 20th, I worked E31A on 30M CW for a new one on that band.

On May 21st, I worked TC0M on 20M CW from iota AS-159. That was a new iota for me.

On May 25th, I worked TN5E on 30M CW. Ken, LA7GIA, was on an expedition yet again. As always, he did a great job.

On May 26th, I worked TN5E on 40M CW for a new one on 40M. E31A was worked on 20M CW.

On June 15th, I worked JG1TSG on 6M JT65. That was my first JA on 6M this year. I heard several more stations, but they did not hear me.

6M had shown a few good openings the week before, but I was away on vacation. Luckily I managed to catch a great opening on June 17th. The first qso that day was PJ7/w9DR on 6M SSB for #150 on 6M. He struggled a lot with qrm, but he finally managed to pull my call out. I also worked YV7DX, PJ4NX and P43A. OX3LX was heard, but not worked.

On June 19th, I got another opening where I worked KV4FZ and YV6CR on 6M. I did copy PJ7/W9DR on 6M CW, but he did not hear me this time.

The band opening again on June 20th. I worked ZB2TT on 6M on JT65. Later in the evening I got an opening where I worked K1TOL and N1BUG on 6M CW.

On June 21st, I got an opening on 6M where I worked W4UDH, OX3LX, W4LES and K8MFO. I heard several more stations, but JT65 is too slow to really exploit these openings. I felt more like I wasted this opening. One trend this year so far, is that activity has shifted over to digital on 6M. You can often hear station on JT65, but the CW portion of the band is just empty.

On June 24th, I worked JW7QIA on 6M CW. Peter was once again on a trip to Svalbard. Unfortunately he was not so lucky with the propagation this year.

#332 on LoTW with 5A1A(L) Tue, 23 May 2017 18:12:53 +0000 5a1a.jpg Last year, 5A1AL was approved for DXCC. Since I did not have 5A confirmed on LoTW, I managed to work him on 30M CW. He did also get a manager, W5UE, who had an OQRS system set up. I requested confirmation for the 30M QSO, and e-mailed him to get all my old 5A1A contacts uploaded as well. By doing this, I got #332 on LoTW and 5A confirmed on many bands on LoTW. I did have a paper-QSL for those contacts from before.

A while later, 5A1AL chose to do the qsling himself. Hopefully it works as good as it did when I requested from W5UE.