Despite having a rather modest rig at my QTH and limited operating time, I am an aspiring contester. This past weekend’s ARRL International DX contest was very cool. I worked a lot of countries that I’ve never worked before. Here is my list of new entities:
- Hong Kong (already confirmed by LoTW)
- Norway (already confirmed by LoTW)
- Sweden (already confirmed by LoTW)
- St. Kitts & Nevis
- Costa Rica
- Cape Verde
- Dominican Republic
This is a lot of new entities for me. I am glad that I am finally making it to Europe.
Thanks to the World Gazetteer, the azimuthal map can now display world cities. The database has over 150,000 entries.
The azimuthal map form can now add labels for US cities. The database of latitude/longitude pairs for cities seems imprecise because some California cities are in the Pacific ocean. It might also mean that the coastal outlines are not precise enough.
If you notice a city out of place, please let me know. There are some errors in the database. For example, San Francisco was a few miles out to sea.
Update: I updated the list of cities to include ones from Alaska and Hawaii.
New IARU Region 2 award is now available.
According to the ARRL’s story, there is a new IARU Region 2 award for amateur radio operators who have confirmed contacts with 20 entities or countries from a list of 43. There is more information and an application available from the IARU 2 website.