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K9W Wake Atoll Commemorative DXpedition Tops 100,000 Contacts

12/12/2013

The K9W Wake Atoll DXpedition team reports that it logged slightly more than 100,000 contacts during its November DXpedition in the South Pacific.

“The Wake Atoll DXpedition team wants to thank the DX community for the outstanding response to ‘The Forgotten 98’ Commemorative DXpedition,” Team Leader Lou Dietrich, N2TU, said on the DXpedition’s behalf. “Also, we need to express our gratitude to our hosts on Wake, the United States Air Force.”

Because of issues stemming from the partial federal government shutdown the DXpedition had to postpone its startup from October until November.

North American hams worked the lion’s share of the contacts — just over 35 percent, with Asia and Europe not far behind at 32 percent and 27 percent, respectively. The rest of the world had a more difficult time putting K9W into the log. Contacts with Oceania accounted for slightly more than 3 percent of the total, with South America contacts comprising slightly less than 2 percent, and with Africa less than 1 percent.

“The Team is extremely pleased to have distributed the QSOs to much-needed parts of the world, especially EU, which has the most difficult path to Wake Island,” Dietrich said. K9W logged 53,765 CW, 38,700 SSB, and 7,562 Digital contacts, and all have been uploaded to ClubLog, and the printed QSLs are in transit to QSL Manager AA4NN.

The K9W DXpedition was the recipient of a Colvin Award grant. Contacts will be uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW).



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