Countries worked so far: 145
Countries confirmed with QSL cards: 57
Countries confirmed in LOTW: 129
Countries confirmed but not in LOTW: 5
From my PHPHamlog:
CW QSOs: 508
SSB QSOs: 936
Digital QSOs: 32
80M QSOs: 2
40M QSOs: 34
30M QSOs: 30
20M QSOs: 86
17M QSOs: 127
15M QSOs: 508
12M QSOs: 62
10M QSOs: 353
6M QSOs: 276
A surprise came in yesterday’s mail: an envelope from the W5 buro with a nice batch of cards inside. Thanks also to OM2VL, SF7WT, RU3ZX, EA8ZS, OR7R, and ES5QD for the nice cards.
The last one puzzled me for a bit, as I had only one QSO logged on the date of the card, from a Japanese station. It finally hit me that that date was when I was traveling from Texas to Los Angeles, and making QSOs that I didn’t log.
I have sent answering cards back via the buro to all these stations. Thanks again, guys.
Just received an LOTW QSL from HC2/W7SE, giving me 100 countries confirmed. Application is already in to ARRL.
Been this way for several weeks now. There are several stations in the log that are LOTW participants who either haven’t uploaded lately or didn’t get my call into their log when they did upload, so here I am, one short of DXCC.
Does your Yaesu VX-series HT look like this?
The plastic belt clips are notorious for breaking. There is a solution. Buy a cellphone clip for Nokia phones. I found mine at Amazon:
Remove the old broken clip by unscrewing:
There is a small hook-shaped metal clip on the end of the Nokia button whcih is designed to slip under the battery cover on the phone. It is held in place by a rivet. We don’t need it for the Yaesu, so use a drill bit slightly larger than the hole in the rivet and drill it out.
Now the screw for the clip will fit easily into the hole. Attach the new button clip to the Yaesu:
Voila! A new, sturdy, easy to use belt clip holder for the Yaesu HT.
Big tip of the hat to KB2LJJ for this idea. His technique suggests cutting off the clip, I think drilling out the rivet is a neater solution.