Wednesday, May 20, 2009

DXCC progress

May 20th, 2009

The mail just came and with it a QSL card from Niger, my 39th DX QSL card. Adding to that 61 other LoTW DX entities, I now qualify for the DXCC award! All I have to do is sort the cards, fill-in the paperwork and mail it and the cards to the ARRL and wait for their approval etc. I hope the wait will not be too long.

Guess what, I could not wait any further and applied on line to have the 61 LoTW credited, sorted my cards, printed out my application and mailed the whole kit and kaboodle via Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation to the ARRL.

May 22nd, 2009

I just saw that my letter with the DXCC application and 39 cards has arrived this morning at the ARRL offices in Newington CT. Delivery Confirmation is a great service for such matters. Now I have to hope I sorted the cards right and that everything else will be ok.

June 10th, 2009

Checking on the ARRL's website it looks as if I have an 8 weeks wait at least. As of now, they are working on the applications received by April 10th. Nothing else to do but wait patiently. Meanwhile more LoTW came in and they are more than welcomed of course. The DXCC is just one goal almost achieved, but eventually, I have my sights on the Honor Roll.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Birds visiting our feeders

Thanks Kim, Olivia and Steve for the new bird feeders that have attracted so many beautiful birds to our deck!

Downy woodpecker (male)

Rose-breasted grossbeak (male)

Hairy woodpecker (male)

Brown-headed cowbird (female)

Red-bellied woodpecker (male)

Yellow finch (male)

Brown-headed cowbird (male)

Downy woodpecker (male)

Purple finch (male)