DXCC Update October 2017

Well, I made some more progress. I just received my 100th QSL on 30m so that makes 7 band DXCC (just missing 12m and 160m). I added just 6 QSLs on 12m since March and 10 new QSLs came in on 160 (the fruit of the Winter DX season). I hope to pick up some more QSLs on 12m if we get a decent band opening during a contest. With winter coming, I hope to finish up 160 also this year for 9 band DXCC. My total DX countries confirmed now stands at 273 (adding 9 new ones since March).


Real-time interface of Station Contest Data to Website

In an effort to involve more of our club members, I had the idea to allow users of the St. Petersburg ARC (SPARC) web page to see in real-time, the status of the contesting efforts at the club station. My vision is something like this…

  • Using the TR4W or N1MM+ contesting software’s feature where contact and radio info is broadcast to the network via UDP, I have a Raspberry Pi-based collector of this information running at the station.
  • This info is parsed using code from a few other projects that already process the XML UDP messages and I place these in a database.
  • A webpage is built from the database with the current radio info (both stations) and a view of the last 50 contacts.
  • I then build a widget to place on the club’s WordPress site to show this information.
  • The net result is a user on the website will be able to see the VFO of each radio, the current operator, and the last X contacts worked. The score of the contest will also be available courtesy of the contest logger’s real-time scoring updates.

I will keep a running history of this project on it’s own page on this blog. If you are interested in participating, let me know. I imagine this could have some general utility for other clubs too.

DXCC Update – March 2017 Update

After 2 more months, I have confirmed another 16 countries on 160. I’m not sure if I can going to be able to get to 100 this season. I also added 7 on 30m and none on 12m. With the summer, I should get to 100 on both 30m and 12m. Here’s hoping that a bunch of 160 contacts show up on LOTW.

LOTW Status as of 1 March 2017


LOTW Status as of 19 December 2016

Winter is a great time to work DX on 160 meters. I have far more activity on 160m and 30m than 12m. Here’s hoping I can finish off the remaining 40 QSLs on 160 this winter…

Radio Gear for Sale

Updated 8/4/2016 – Any items not crossed-out are still available.

I am selling some surplus gear. All prices are for local pickup. Actual shipping paid by the buyer. I could also meet in the Tampa Bay area.

  • Microham DB-37 cable for Icom $40
  • Microham USB sound card interface (with an icom cable) ($65)
  • Icom ID-1 1.2 Ghz Analog/DStar radio. Includes data mode via Ethernet connection to send 128kbs data via DStar. Have microphone, manuals and cables. I have a second one if you want to make a pair for a remote data app. ($550 each)
  • Icom 821H Dual-band 2m/440 base CW/SSB/FM radio (it has a quirk in that when you key there is a slight delay). ($400)
  • Icom ID-92AD dual band DSTAR radio. Included base charger $200


All radios have been tested on my HP8924C service monitor including output and receiver tests. If you come to see anything, I would be glad to fire it up into the analyzer and let you verify it works according to specs. You know, unless the analyzer sells first.

5B DXCC and 1000 DXCC Challenge points Complete!

Well, my DXCC goals are complete for now. I was working on 5B DXCC and was able to finish up these contacts on 80 meters. I also collected 1000 confirmed band-points (county and band combination) to reach the first DXCC Challenge level.

I have some  more confirmations needed on 12m and 30m for 8 band DXCC and hope to get the rest on 160 this winter. But that is it for now. The next task is to get back into satellite operations.

LOTW Status as of June 23 2016

LOTW Status as of June 23 2016

Tampa Bay Times Field Day Story 2013

The Times sent a reporter to the Bay Pines site this year. There was a nice write up in the Sunday local section on Field Day. Here is a quote from the story:

“I can pick up a cellphone and talk to any of these other operators. That’s easy,” Schaefer said. “I can get online and I can send out a tweet, and that’s easy. But when you talk to somebody like this, and there’s nothing between you and them but empty space, that’s magic.”


You can read the whole article here: