February 13, 2024

Completed 12m ARRL DXCC Award

A big THANK YOU to Bobby (VP8WA) in the Falkland Islands for being my 100th DXCC contact confirmed on LoTW on 12 meters.  

Flag of the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands is an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf with 3,662 inhabitants in 2021. At the time of this writing, a QRZ.com query returned a total of 225 call signs issued by the Falkland Islands.  The number of active hams will be less than this figure.  

The principal islands are about 300 mi (480 km) east of South America's southern Patagonian coast and about 752 mi (1,210 km) from Cape Dubouzet at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, at a latitude of about 52°S. The archipelago, with an area of 4,700 sq mi (12,000 km2), comprises East Falkland, West Falkland, and 776 smaller islands. As a British overseas territory, the Falklands have internal self-governance, but the United Kingdom takes responsibility for defense and foreign affairs.

I am delighted to have earned the ARRL 12 meters DXCC award. It took many years to earn this award.  All contacts were made with 100 watts or less and using simple wire antennas.

As I write this, I have now completed DXCC on 10 Meters, 12 Meters, 15 Meters, 17 Meters, 20 Meters, 30 Meters, and 40 Meters. At this moment, I will be working on achieving DXCC on just one more band.
  • 6 Meters - No gain antenna
  • 80 Meters - 48 qualifying contact confirmed on LoTW
  • 160 Meters - No antenna
I am also pursuing the DXCC Challenge Award which requires confirming at least 1,000 DXCC band-points on any Amateur bands, 160 through 6 meters (except 60 meters). I presently have 850 contacts confirmed on LoTW toward the DXCC Challenge Award.

Good DX and 73, NJ2X

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