Triply Tripled Triple

I realized a while back that I had filled in quite a few slots in the Triple Play Award, so I have begun pursuing it in earnest. As of today, I have 119 (of 150) slots confirmed, and I’m waiting for 4 more to be uploaded.

I need 12 more CW contacts to finish out that column, and 8 phone contacts to finish that mode. Only 7 to go on digital modes (assuming the 4 I’m waiting for come through, that is).

I picked up several in the ARRL RTTY Roundup. But most of my recent digital activity has been using the JT modes, JT65HF and JT9. JT65 and JT9 are a good way to go for state hunting because the grid location is transmitted with each CQ. Just watch for the ones you need, and jump in. Of the last 50 QSOs I have logged, 28 were using one of the JT modes.

I have been especially lucky on 40 meter JT starting around 2300Z when there is a good mix of local and DX stations. Last night I worked OE5EGN in Austria on 40, while running 20 watts.

I’m taking a break for a couple of nights, I have to wait out the cold front before I can get back on. It’s far too cold to be sitting in the truck.

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