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Author Topic: 2012 in retrospect  (Read 2823 times)
AJ4RW
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« on: December 31, 2012, 05:44:34 AM »

WOW, what a stellar year 2012 has been for chasing DX.  I know this subject has been touched on before but I thought I would highlight it at the end of this year.  According to the program "AD1C" which is used for the CQ Marathon, it shows I've worked 273 DXCC entities and 39 zones just for 2012, not bad.  It seemed like every week there was a new DX entity being activated up until the end of this year.  I owe it to and would like to thank all the stations and operators that made this possible for me to accomplish.  The only downside is now I have to hit the treadmill hard to lose the extra 15 lbs I put on!  Smiley
Thanks Randy AJ4RW
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W1VT
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2012, 06:38:05 AM »

Congratulations! 

I also did quite well--eight DXCCs--10/15/17/20 as well as mixed/cw/phone and digital!

40M isn't too far away, worked UN7TDB for number 109/65 this morning.

Zack W1VT

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NU1O
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2012, 08:19:05 AM »

It was a very good year despite the less than stellar solar conditions.

I worked 254 countries in all 40 CQ zones. In 2011 my totals were 253 and 40 zones. 

More importantly I added 15 new countries to my total.  I am now at 316 current countries worked and all are confirmed except for ZL9HR.

Looks like I finished the Diamond Award at 191.

73,

Chris/NU1O
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KB2FCV
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2012, 08:22:02 AM »

I'm not sure of the count but I know I added a bunch of ATNO's to my count. I'm now at over 275 confirmed. I finished out Diamond DXCC at 150 (I only started working on it in September..). I'd say it was a good year for DX'ing. Some great DXpeditions this year!
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2012, 08:34:25 AM »

You all are whippin' my butt big time for this year.
Only 12 newbies for the year.
Up to 265 worked in 6 years.
129 D-DXCC entries.

But I suppose with 100w and either a 4BTV vert
or a chunk of zip cord, in a CRAP location,
it could have been worse.




Nauru  C21HA  12m CW  1-17-2012
Malpelo Island HK0NA  20ph 1-23-2012
Pitcairn Island  VP6T  30m CW  1-23-2012
Congo, Republic of  TN2T  12m CW 1-24-2012
St Paul Island  20ph  7-28-2012
Comoros Island  D64K  15 ph  8-11-2012
Uzbekistan  UK8FF  20m JT-65  8-29-2012
Chad  TT8TT  30m CW  10-4-2012
St Peter & Paul Rocks  PT0S  11-16-2012  40cw
Auckland  Island  ZL9HR  12-6-2012  30m CW
New Caledonia  FK8DD  20m PSK31 12-20-2012
Palau  T8CW  JT-65  12-28-2012

Let's see what 2013 has in store !
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EI2GLB
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2012, 08:35:04 AM »

255 DXCC's here and all 40 zones.

not a bad year.

lets hope this cycle will give us a good one next year

73
Trevor
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KY6R
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2012, 08:57:31 AM »

6 ATNO's bringing me 1 away from Honor Roll. 200 band fills bringing me to 1800 in the DXCC Challenge.

Only need to confirm ZL9HR for HR plus a hand full of band fills for Challenge.

It turned out way better than I predicted a year ago (when I made my silly New Years prediction that I would work 2 ATNO's in 2012).

If 2013 is only half as good as 2012 it will be another banner year for me.

I completely re-vamped my antenna farm - and that was very clearly the key to my success. We had sunny 60 degree days January 2012 - so I was out working on my antennas the entire month. Then the stack went up in October . . .

After Honor Roll - I will get serious about 160M. I have the K9AY loops but need to work on the TX antenna. I only have 32 on 160M.

Gud DX to all!

73,

Rich
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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2012, 09:15:08 AM »

Top 10 scores in several DX contests.

In 2012 made a lot of effort working outside contests, to get DXCC credits for the WARC bands.

Submitted the credits and got 80M DXCC, thus... 8BDXCC!!! With LOTW-only confirmations, 100W and a wire antenna.

LOTW has been a huge boon to not just getting the awards but in tracking my progress. Without LOTW... I'd still just have a random collection of paper QSL cards and wouldn't know what was what. I like the paper QSL's too, for sure.

Substantial station improvements made in past few months to get me going towards 160M DXCC. A well known contester yesterday made an unsolicited evaluation of reversebeacon data and encouraged me by saying that I am "solidly in the second tier" of 160M stations. That's a huge achievement. Even earlier this year I made the effort to work HK0NA and PT0S on 160M. You might read that as "I got lucky" but there were other operations that I tried but did not get confirmed. And week before last, RI1ANF on 160M. I think 160M DXCC is actually achievable with effort in the next few years, in between contests and expeditions. I hear folks complaining about the weak solar cycle... anything that moves the action to the low bands, is fine by me right now!
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2012, 10:21:43 AM »

Just for giggles, I am going to fill out a DX Marathon form
to see just how many entities I got this year.

Probably got 35 out of 40 zones.
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EI2GLB
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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2012, 10:52:24 AM »

Be interested to know more about your LF setup.

QRZ.COM doesn't give much away.

Trevor
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Top 10 scores in several DX contests.

In 2012 made a lot of effort working outside contests, to get DXCC credits for the WARC bands.

Submitted the credits and got 80M DXCC, thus... 8BDXCC!!! With LOTW-only confirmations, 100W and a wire antenna.

LOTW has been a huge boon to not just getting the awards but in tracking my progress. Without LOTW... I'd still just have a random collection of paper QSL cards and wouldn't know what was what. I like the paper QSL's too, for sure.

Substantial station improvements made in past few months to get me going towards 160M DXCC. A well known contester yesterday made an unsolicited evaluation of reversebeacon data and encouraged me by saying that I am "solidly in the second tier" of 160M stations. That's a huge achievement. Even earlier this year I made the effort to work HK0NA and PT0S on 160M. You might read that as "I got lucky" but there were other operations that I tried but did not get confirmed. And week before last, RI1ANF on 160M. I think 160M DXCC is actually achievable with effort in the next few years, in between contests and expeditions. I hear folks complaining about the weak solar cycle... anything that moves the action to the low bands, is fine by me right now!

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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2012, 12:39:31 PM »

My HRD log online shows I worked 116 countries in 2012, well since November 2011 when I set up the account.

Not many but then again I golfed 4-5 times a week from the end of March to the middle of November.

What made 2012 stellar for me was the fact that both of my daughters got married. My wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary, the daughter who was married first back in April is going to make us Grandparents in July 2013.  Grin

For me that trumps working DX!
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« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2012, 02:17:07 PM »

Lots of New one's but overall 2012 has been the worst year for consistent DXing.
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N5MOA
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« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2012, 04:09:28 PM »

Yep. 2012 has been a good year.

Finally worked zone 18 on 10m, and got it confirmed.

Finished off 8BDXCC.

10 ATNO, 317 total now, just waiting on ZL9HR. I'll never get KH3AF confirmed, so someone needs to go back to Johnston Is.  Tongue

275/40 zones in the Marathon

192 in the Diamond DXCC

I put up an elevated inverted-L for 160m to work PT0S, and jumped my count on 160m from 38 to 59 in the last 6 weeks. RI1ANF was a nice one, as was C5A and EL2A. One JA and one UA0 so far. No, I haven't put up a receive antenna yet, but it is next on the list.

Here's hoping 2013 is a good year for dx as well.

 
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« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2013, 07:12:24 AM »

wonderful year for me,
a nice certificate in CQ Marathon and the last the country ( NH8S ) for #1 H.R.
280 country and 40 zone , 320 pointas all in cw in 2012

What do you want more

Thank you thank you thank you 2012

happy new year to all
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KY6R
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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2013, 08:31:42 AM »

wonderful year for me,
a nice certificate in CQ Marathon and the last the country ( NH8S ) for #1 H.R.
280 country and 40 zone , 320 pointas all in cw in 2012

What do you want more

Thank you thank you thank you 2012

happy new year to all


Congrats on #1 HR - that is a fantastic achievement!

HNY and 73,

Rich
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