The month kicks off with several operating events taking place this weekend. Of interest to me are the Vermont, Minnesota, and British Columbia QSO parties.

The North American CW Sprint also runs this weekend. So much to do, so little time!

End of month chores yesterday kept me busy but I did manage to enter the SOTA contacts that I made during January in the online database. Seven contacts worth 31 points as a chaser. I’ll keep better track going forward since I really enjoyed hunting and working those portable stations.

The ARRL International Grid Chase is still a complete mystery to me. Scoring requires that the other stations worked use LoTW and upload their info matching mine which results in a QSL confirmation worth points. This seems purely random given that less than 50% of everyone I work even has an LoTW account.

This is completely unlike the Centennial QSO Party where you tried to work specific stations who used LoTW so if you worked them, you knew you would get credit for them. This is just complete hit-and-miss nonsense. According to the Leader Board, I worked 19 unique grid squares in January for a total of 21 points.

That and five bucks will get you a vanilla latte…

This month’s journal image (top of page) is of the Four States QRP Group 80M Cricket kit cropped from this photo I took during last year’s FDIM in Dayton.