RSGB FT4 Contest – my results 👎

I gave the RSGB FT4 Contest a try today but wasn’t successful. I don’t think conditions were ideal and although FT8 signals from the USA were abundant, FT4’s were rare.

My humble 5 watts from the QMX into the MFJ magloop on the apartment balcony wasn’t heard by many. Below is a screen capture from PSKreporter. Interesting to see my signal did reach HS0ZOY 11638 kms away in Buriram, Thailand (red arrow).

QSL Creator

QSL Creator is a link which is an innovative way to send digital QSL cards.

After participating in a contest (or just plain DX work), you most often generate an ADIF file for uploading to LOTW. This is all fine and good but rather impersonal.

Recently I decided to try QSL Creator and used my ADIF file from the NA SSB Sprint Contest. You should have a photo for the card which should measure 1400 x 900 pixels (or thereabouts). Below is a screen capture of what the process looked like.

7O2WX – Socotra Island, Yemen

Vladimir OK2WX starts his latest DXpedition to Socotra Island, Yemen on January 25. An announcement is up on This amateur is very experienced but this site which is approximately 500 kilometers from the Yemenese shoreline seems a little foolhardy. With USAF FA-18s and Houthi missiles flying overhead, his Elecraft and ICOM rigs will be buzzing. But that’s only my humble opinion.

Perhaps it’s the whiskey; perhaps it’s the gin.

Check out his call sign on QRZ.

By the way, should you make a contact with him (he’s will be on the 160 meter contest this weekend), drop me a line via the Contact US tab and I’ll highlight your contact here.