Showing posts with label QRZ Award. Show all posts
Showing posts with label QRZ Award. Show all posts

March 21, 2022

Confirmed 8 out of 8 Connecticut County Contacts

I have been slowly accumulating United States County contacts toward the United States Counties Award.  This is a rather ambitious award (at least for me) as there are 3007 US Counties.  It certainly takes patience to work and confirm contacts with them all.  As with any challenging journey, it is important to stop and smell the roses when they appear.

I recently confirmed my last Connecticut County (8 out of 8) with a 10m FT8 contact with KG5TA (Gregory) located in Windham County, CT.  That brings my total number of States completed toward the United States Counties Award to four.  Just 46 more US States to go! :-)

State flag of Connecticut

Are you collecting US County contacts?  If yes, what is your strategy?  Do you happen to know someone who has successfully completed this award?  How did they go about it?  Please leave a comment.  Would love to hear from you.

Good DX and 73, NJ2X

February 25, 2022

1000 Counties confirmed on

Thanks to Doug, W5VAX in Bryan, OK for confirming my1000th US County on today.  I am now 33% complete.  Only 2,007 US Counties yet to confirm.  :-)

I reached 800 Counties Confirmed on on July 17, 2021.  I have noticed that that rate of QSO's with new Counties is growing slower.  My hypothesis is that the first thousand US County contacts were in places with generally a higher density of active hams.

I have also noticed a fair number of my contacts don't upload their QSO data to  That is a pity as it makes it much more difficult to complete awards.  Hoping more hams join in the fun.

Not sure I will ever complete contacts with all US Counties.  It sure is fun trying.

Good DX and 73, NJ2X

January 1, 2022

2021 - My amateur radio year in review

I enjoy chasing amateur radio awards. Periodically, I like to stand back and take a look at my progress toward my award related goals. The New Year is a perfect time for reflection and evaluation.   Here are a few statistics I collected related to my amateur radio operations for 2021 as of January 1, 2022.

Logbook of the World
  • Total QSO records = 10,180 
  • Total QSL records = 6,388
  • WAS 5-Band progress = 243/250 = 97% 
  • DXCC Challenge progress = 561/1000 = 56%
  • DXCC 20m progress = 96/100 = 96%
  • DXCC 15m progress = 96/100 = 96%
  • DXCC 10m progress = 85/100 = 85%
  • DXCC 40m progress = 79/100 = 79%
  • DXCC 30m progress = 55/100 = 55%
  • DXCC 80m progress = 21/100 = 21%
  • Number of grid squares confirmed = 853
  • Number of US Counties confirmed = 940
  • Number of bands with confirmed continents award = 6 
  • Number of bands with all 50 states confirmed = 5
  • Leaderboard:
    • Most Confirmed QSOs = #9,636 (4,940 QSOs)
    • Most Countries Worked = #11,903 (140 QSOs)
    • Most Band-Countries Worked = #9,175 (532 QSOs)

Good DX and 73, NJ2X

July 17, 2021

800 Counties Confirmed on

There are a lot of US Counties!  To be exact, there are 3,007 US counties according to the US Census Bureau.  I am collecting them one at a time on amateur radio with confirmed contacts tracked on as part of United States Counties Award.

So far, my strategy is to simply make random QSOs without regard to County location.  That will likely change if I ever decide I want to fill County gaps and make contacts with stations in less populated Counties.

Today I hit 800 confirmed US Counties out of 3,006 which is 26.6%.  Only 2,206 US Counties to go!  I have confirmed contacts with all Counties in three States.

Good DX and 73, NJ2X

May 7, 2021

750 unique US State Counties confirmed on QRZ

A big THANK YOU to AA2EC, Ellie Mae, for completing my 750th confirmed unique US State county contact on QRZ.  Ellie Mae's QTH is in Columbia County, New York.  Ellie Mae, thanks for the new county on 17m.

Columbia County Flag, New York, USA

Good DX and 73, NJ2X