Miracles never cease

Last night, I stopped by my post office box to check it at 2 AM.  I was tired, a little cranky, and wasn’t expecting anything.  Instead, when I opened the box, there was a large envelope in it from the ARRL.  I opened it and I was into total shock in a good way!

Let me explain: last year, during the ARRL DX Contest, I was using a 40 meter “hamstick” dipole.  I wasn’t really enthused by the performance but I was bored and thought I’d just see what I could hear.  So I sat down and started working stations all over the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and even a station in the South Cook Islands.  After a few hours, I gave up because conditions were changing and propagation was getting really bad.  I seriously debated not sending in my log . . . but I did anyway.

I promptly forgot all about the contest.

So, imagine my surprise when I get the award last night of not only being my section leader for single-operator, 20 meter class, but my division leader also!  I am in the Delta Division which is Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi.  I’m proud of myself (in a humble way) for achieving this award.  I  guess I’ll have to work the contests more often.

Here’s a picture of the award.

KD5COL's 2016 ARRL DX Contest Phone Award


About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my General class license. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.
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