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.