Monthly Archives: July 2016

W5VE Wins DXCC Award!

dxcc┬áThe American Radio Relay League, the sponsor of this award, state: “DXCC is Amateur Radio’s premier award that hams can earn by confirming on the air contacts with 100 countries.”

“Confirming” being the operative work. You can’t just say you talked to someone in New Zealand, it must be authenticated. Two way exist of accomplishing this authentication. In the old days, hams exchanged postcards (we call 'em QSL cards). You could bundle those up when you had 100 different countries and mail them to the ARRL. I did that under my original call years ago, WA4NUO.┬áToday, the ARRL maintains a secure online method of authentication, the Logbook of the World or LotW. Continue reading...