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Author Topic: 300 Worked, Confirmed, Blessed & Awarded!!  (Read 2501 times)
W6DXO
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« on: September 26, 2011, 01:04:16 PM »

Guys,

I just wanted to share the good news that I have "officially" been credited with 300 DXCC entities by the ARRL.

It took almost exactly 10 years since I became active again in 2001 to accomplish this but my recent LOTW application put me over the top.

I now currently sit at 305 worked and 302 confirmed and I'm waiting for the 3 new ones to arrive (UK8GBL, TZ6TR and ST0R) so I can hopefully submitt my new cards before year's end....

The busted calls, QSL black holes and NIL frustrations don't seem like such a big deal right now (!)

What a journey, what an experience...what fun!

73 de harry, W6DXO
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NU1O
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2011, 01:33:04 PM »

Congratulations! I just made 300 worked (295 Confirmed) this week but it has not been sanctioned from high up yet, as yours has.

73,

Chris/NU1O
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2011, 01:37:57 PM »

Superb! Congrats! You are in a list of a select few.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2011, 03:15:54 PM »

Congratulations. A milestone for sure. I'm sitting at 289.

And now you probably have 41 of the rarest, scariest places on earth to go. But on the bright side, they will most likely all have QSL managers. Good Luck!
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2011, 05:42:29 PM »

Congratulations, Harry! A fabulous achievement!

I started seriously trying for DXCC a little over 2 years ago, At that time I probably had 50 or so worked and confirmed (after 30 years of operating!) At this moment I'm at about 215 worked/210 confirmed, mostly with verticals and wires. I can't wait to see what'll happen when I get my beam up!
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2011, 06:03:48 PM »

Congrats!

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When I see that magical number "300", I just want to yell "THIS IS DX!!!!"

73 de Jim, N2EY
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2011, 06:53:05 PM »

Congrats on hitting the 300 mark - its a great accomplishment!

73,

Rich
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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2011, 08:00:51 PM »

Congrats! That's my immediate goal - hope the recent conditions continue...

John AE5X

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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2011, 10:11:19 PM »

Congrats from this corner as well. That's a hell of an achievement to be sure. A friend classified DXers according to the old apprenticeship system. Under 100 you're a novice DXer, 100-200 an apprentice, 201-300 you're a journeyman, 301-331 you're a craftsman and Honor Roll and above a Master DXer.

The downside, of course, is now it gets a little harder.
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2011, 10:49:54 PM »

Congratulations   Smiley   Smiley
300 in 10 years, that's really an accomplishment, it's so hard once you get past around 220 to get new ones, so I know the kind of work you must have put in.

73's
Robert
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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2011, 04:40:09 AM »

Great job, I hope to be there soon. I wonder how hard the next 30 are gonna be? Whether it will be tuning the bands for new countries that happen to have dozens/handfuls of Hams or if the last 20 or so will ONLY be on with a DXpedition (that we all will know about 3 months in advance). I suspect getting the first 300 will be fun, the last 30 might be just a waiting game.

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« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2011, 08:42:08 AM »

I wonder how hard the next 30 are gonna be?
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I suspect getting the first 300 will be fun, the last 30 might be just a waiting game.

Just for couple of data points, I submit my DXCC applications during the last two weeks of every year. In looking back, I was at 290 Mixed in 2006, 300-even in 2007, 314 in 2008, 318 in 2009, 320 in 2010 and if nothing changes between now and year's end, I should be at 325 for 2011 (with all five being new-additions to the list--the four PJs and South Sudan).

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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2011, 08:45:20 AM »

Wow, so there is hope. 300 to 318 in two years is pretty good progress. I think I need Rotuma, and that should be easy.

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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2011, 09:00:08 AM »

I suspect getting the first 300 will be fun, the last 30 might be just a waiting game.

paul

I'm on the same track as W2IRT - 328 in 10 years, and yes, it gets slow after 300 - but not terribly slow. Now - after 320 - you really start to notice it - and after 325 - and at the bottom of the cycle - its pretty dreadful - drove me nuts to be honest. More than 300 were made using 200 watts or less and home brewed wire antennas. I now have an amp that can go up to 700 watts - but still wire antennas, and at the bottom of the cycle - I missed some because I didn't have more "uumph". But I chose to do it this way . . .

But what goes around, comes around - with the sunspot cycle on the upswing - there are 4 new activations that I need - so 4 of the 7 I need for honor roll. YAY!

Some have been deleted, so I'm at 325 as far as honor roll is concerned, and I did miss three major DX-peditions in the last couple of years (Glorioso, Palestine and South Sudan). Mentally, I've grown really tired of the massive pileups - and appreciate the smaller DX-peds. I did get the PJ's on just about all bands and modes and Marion Island, but as I said - without "superior aluminum high in the sky" its been tough going some times.

The best quote I have ever heard about such a pursuit is "time is the great equalizer". When I get bummed because I missed an all time new one now - I think of that phrase. I also remember missing other DX-peds way back when - like Marion Island 2 years straight and getting them on the 3rd year. Persistence is everything.

For the same 10 years I gave antenna presentations at Pacificon, and my "schtick" was always to show what you can do with very modest antennas and power with little real estate.
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« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2011, 10:33:53 AM »

Guys,

Thanks for the kind words...like many of you I've missed some Dxpeditions for one reason or another but
I too have found that most of these come around again, and I've gotten lucky with entities like P5.

I really credit my success two fold:  First I really worked on my CW skills.  This has made a real difference and I find I much prefer this mode when trying to bust a pile up.

And secondly, I became much more methodical in my "stalking" of the all time new ones.  I really track when a new one is being spotted and compare this to various propagation data including the excellent W6ELProp program.  I want to try to be on the air when I can actually hear the DX...'cause you can't work 'em if you can't ...well you know...

As to things getting harder over 300..yeah, sure is, but I still need a few that shouldn't be too tough if they were just more active:  Monaco and Sardinia among them. 

I'm at 305 with 302 confirmed now....and I still go to the mailbox with the same sense of anticipation I had as a Novice waaay back when.

73 de harry, W6DXO
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