This weekend I ran the BARTG Sprint RTTY contest (my favorite mode). Wonderfull thing to don’t have complains from the neighbors. Stayed up Saturday until 0:30 AM at 268 Q’s. Then again up at Sunday morning and in the radio room around 6:30 AM. Worked a few nice ones like JA, VK and PY. The contest ended on 12:00 UTC and at 11:00 UTC I was at my goal of 350 Q’s. The last hour I ran CQ on 20m. Nice sprint but unfortunately no 400 Q’s. I think I did quite OK, 46 DXCC’s.

I did noticed this contest I got quite good signals from the East and the West. Countries like Bulgaria, Hungaria etc. are easy to work (often with the first call). Also the United States and Canada are good doable. Scandinavian and Africa are much harder to reach. You might think it’s logical because my ZS6BKW is positioned West-East. But I wouldn’t suspect it has such an impact.

Got my full license early 2008 and still not worked 100 countries (confirmed). You could say I had a lot of off-air time. But since 2013 I participate in more then a few contests and my first DXCC-award (mixed) is appearing on the horizon. I do have a shoe box full of QSL-cards and mixed with my Logbook of The World confirms I do have 100 countries confirmed. I did look in to the process of having my cards checked and apply them for the award but I decided that’s too much hassle. In LoTW I have 96 confirmed countries, so four more and I can apply for DXCC mixed without even opening my QSL shoe box.
Sounds nice to me! Don get me wrong, I do like to receive paper QSL’s, especially from special stations or very remote locations. But for award checking it is far more convenient to have digitally confirmations.